Definitions for backhandedˈbækˌhæn dɪd

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. backhand(a), backhanded(adj)

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

  2. backhanded(adj)

    roundabout or ambiguous

    "attacks from that source amounted to a backhanded compliment to his integrity"; "a backhanded and dishonest way of reaching his goal"


  1. backhanded(Adjective)

    With the hand turned backward.

    a backhanded blow

  2. backhanded(Adjective)

    Indirect; awkward; insincere; sarcastic.

    a backhanded compliment

  3. backhanded(Adjective)

    Turned back

  4. backhanded(Adjective)

    (of writing) inclining to the left

    backhanded letters

  5. Origin: From back + hand + -ed

Webster Dictionary

  1. Backhanded(adj)

    with the hand turned backward; as, a backhanded blow

  2. Backhanded(adj)

    indirect; awkward; insincere; sarcastic; as, a backhanded compliment

  3. Backhanded(adj)

    turned back, or inclining to the left; as, a backhanded letters

Translations for backhanded

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • bakhandar-, vafasamur, öfugsnúinn, klunnalegur, tvíræður, klaufskur, gerður með handarbakinu, hallandi til vinstriIcelandic

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