1. (of racket strokes) made across the body with back of hand facing direction of stroke;
[syn: backhand(a), backhanded]
2. roundabout or ambiguous;
- Example: "attacks from that source amounted to a backhanded compliment to his integrity"
- Example: "a backhanded and dishonest way of reaching his goal"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Backhanded \Back"hand`ed\, a. 1. With the hand turned backward; as, a backhanded blow. [1913 Webster] 2. Indirect; awkward; insincere; sarcastic; as, a backhanded compliment. [1913 Webster] 3. Turned back, or inclining to the left; as, backhanded letters. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
backhanded \back"hand`ed\, a. & adv. (Sport) Stroked with a backhand; as, a backhanded drive. [PJC]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
43 Moby Thesaurus words for "backhanded": 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