1 (of racket strokes) made across the body with back of hand facing direction of stroke [syn: backhand(a)] [ant: forehand(a)]
2 roundabout or ambiguous; "attacks from tht source amounted to a backhanded compliment to his integrity"; "a backhanded and dishonest way of reaching his goal"
With the hand turned backward
- Icelandic: hallandi til vinstri
- past of backhand
O-shaped, abusive, ambagious, atrocious, backhand, calumnious, circuitous, circular, contumelious, deflectional, degrading, deviant, deviating, deviative, devious, digressive, discursive, divagational, divergent, excursive, helical, humiliating, indirect, insolent, insulting, left-handed, meandering, oblique, offensive, orbital, out-of-the-way, outrageous, rotary, round, roundabout, scurrile, scurrilous, side, sidelong, sinister, sinistral, spiral, unspeakable