What does underhand mean?

Definitions for underhand
ˈʌn dərˌhændun·der·hand

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. underhand, underhanded, underarmadjective

    with hand brought forward and up from below shoulder level

    "an underhand pitch"; "an underhand stroke"

  2. sneaky, underhand, underhandedadverb

    marked by deception

    "achieved success in business only by underhand methods"

  3. underhandedly, underhandadverb

    slyly and secretly

    "Mean revenge, committed underhand"- John Donne; "oldline aristocratic diplomats underhandedly undermined the attempt...to align Germany with the Western democracies"- C.G.Bowers

  4. underarm, underhandadverb

    with the hand swung below shoulder level

    "throwing a ball underarm"


  1. underhandadverb

    with an underhand movement

  2. underhandadverb

    in a sly, sneaky or secret manner

  3. underhandadjective

    dishonest and sneaky; done in a secret or sly manner

  4. underhandadjective

    (in various ball games, of a ball) thrown etc with the hand brought forward and up from below

  5. Etymology: under hand

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Underhandadjective

    Secret; clandestine; sly.

    I had notice of my brother’s purpose, and have, by underhand means, laboured to dissuade him. William Shakespeare.

    I should take it as a very great favour from some of my underhand detractors, if they would break all measures with me. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 262.

  2. Underhandadverb

    Etymology: under and hand.

    These multiplied petitions of worldly things in prayer, have, besides their direct use, a service, whereby the church underhand, through a kind of heavenly fraud, taketh therewith the souls of men, as with certain baits. Richard Hooker.

    She underhand dealt with the principal men of that country, that they should persuade the king to make Plangus his associate. Philip Sidney.

    They, by their precedents of wit,
    T’ out-fast, out-loiter, and out-sit,
    Can order matters underhand,
    To put all business to a stand. Hudibras.

    It looks, as if I had desired him underhand to write so ill against me; but I have not brib’d him to do me this service. Dryden.

    Such mean revenge, committed underhand,
    Has ruin’d many an acre of good land. John Dryden.

    Wood is still working underhand to force his halfpence upon us. Jonathan Swift.

    I’ll hasten to my Roman soldiers,
    Inflame the mutiny, and underhand
    Blow up their discontents. Joseph Addison, Cato.


  1. underhand

    Underhand generally refers to an action or behavior that is marked by deceit, dishonesty, or secrecy. It can also describe a particular way of throwing or serving in sports, done with an upward swing of the hand.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Underhandadjective

    secret; clandestine; hence, mean; unfair; fraudulent

  2. Underhandadjective

    done, as pitching, with the hand lower than the shoulder, or, as bowling, with the hand lower than elbow

  3. Underhandadverb

    by secret means; in a clandestine manner; hence, by fraud; unfairly

  4. Underhandadverb

    in an underhand manner; -- said of pitching or bowling

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Underhand

    un-dėr-hand′, adj. and adv. secretly: by secret means: by fraud: in cricket, delivered with the hand underneath—opp. to Over-arm and Round-arm.—adj. Underhan′ded, clandestinely carried on: short-handed.—adv. Underhan′dedly.—n. Underhan′dedness.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of underhand in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of underhand in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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