Definitions for backhandedˈbækˌhæn dɪd
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
performed with the back of the hand turned or facing forward:
a backhanded stroke.
sloping in a downward direction from left to right:
oblique or ambiguous in meaning:
a backhanded compliment.
(adv.)with the hand across the body; backhand:
He caught the ball backhanded.
Origin of backhanded:
(of racket strokes) made across the body with back of hand facing direction of stroke
roundabout or ambiguous
"attacks from that source amounted to a backhanded compliment to his integrity"; "a backhanded and dishonest way of reaching his goal"
With the hand turned backward.
a backhanded blow
Indirect; awkward; insincere; sarcastic.
a backhanded compliment
(of writing) inclining to the left
Origin: From back + hand + -ed
with the hand turned backward; as, a backhanded blow
indirect; awkward; insincere; sarcastic; as, a backhanded compliment
turned back, or inclining to the left; as, a backhanded letters