AskDefine | Define backhanded

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backhanded adj
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"

User Contributed Dictionary



From back + hand + -ed



  1. With the hand turned backward.
    a backhanded blow
  2. Indirect; awkward; insincere; sarcastic.
    a backhanded compliment
  3. Turned back
  4. (of writing) inclining to the left
    backhanded letters


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