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backhanded

adjective back·hand·ed \ˈbak-ˈhan-dəd\

: not direct or sincere

sports : using or done with a backhand

Full Definition of BACKHANDED

1
:  indirect, devious; especially :  sarcastic <a backhanded compliment>
2
:  using or made with a backhand
back·hand·ed·ly adverb
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Examples of BACKHANDED

  1. We were disappointed by his backhanded apology.
  2. <You throw okay, for a girl is a bit of a backhanded compliment>

First Known Use of BACKHANDED

1800
BACKHANDED Defined for Kids

backhanded

adjective back·hand·ed \ˈbak-ˌhan-dəd\

Definition of BACKHANDED for Kids

1
:  using or done with a backhand <a backhanded catch>
2
:  not sincere <backhanded praise>

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