Definition of Backhanded

1. Adjective. (of racket strokes) made across the body with back of hand facing direction of stroke.

Exact synonyms: Backhand
Antonyms: Forehand

2. Adjective. Roundabout or ambiguous. "A backhanded and dishonest way of reaching his goal"
Similar to: Indirect

Definition of Backhanded

1. a. With the hand turned backward; as, a backhanded blow.

Definition of Backhanded

1. Adjective. With the hand turned backward. ¹

2. Adjective. Indirect; awkward; insincere; sarcastic. ¹

3. Adjective. Turned back ¹

4. Adjective. (of writing) inclining to the left ¹

5. Verb. (past of backhand) ¹

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Definition of Backhanded

1. backhand [v] - See also: backhand

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Backhanded

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background radiation
background radiations
background retinopathy
background signal
backhand drive
backhand shot
backhand stroke
backhanded (current term)
backhanded compliment
backhanded compliments

Literary usage of Backhanded

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1. A Handy Book of Curious Information: Comprising Strange Happenings in the by William Shepard Walsh (1913)
"... and there were but few men whom she did not beat except the very best players." The expression " forehanded and backhanded " has its his- ..."

2. Proceedings of the American Society for Psychical Research by American Society for Psychical Research (1912)
"Dr. Hodgson's writing was not backhanded when communicating for himself. 800. This communication with Mr. Smead, whom I had to call into the room, ..."

3. A Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1901)
"... signifying ' transversely,' or ' in a backhanded manner. ... aiik-varl he couth him ta' — he gave him a backhanded stroke, Wallace, iii. 175. ß. ..."

4. Round the Block: An American Novel by John Bell] [Bouton (1864)
"On inspecting it very closely, Marcus discovered a tendency, in this backhanded penmanship, to ascend from the line ; and also that, in a few instances, ..."

5. American Oratory of To-day edited by Edwin Du Bois Shurter (1910)
"All this business is full of backhanded blackmail and backhanded stealing, but is tolerated and often promoted by otherwise well-intentioned citizens of ..."

6. Mortars, Plasters, Stuccos, Artificial Marble, Concretes, Portland Cements by Frederick Thomas Hodgson (1916)
"His partner, who is laying the gauged stuff, is working backhanded, and if using a laying trowel, can only work from its heel instead of from the point as ..."

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