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adverb un·der·hand·ed \ˌən-dər-ˈhan-dəd\

Definition of UNDERHANDED

:  underhand

First Known Use of UNDERHANDED

circa 1822



: done in a secret and dishonest way : intended to deceive or trick someone

Full Definition of UNDERHANDED

:  marked by secrecy, chicanery, and deception :  not honest and aboveboard :  sly <an underhanded attempt to gain power>
un·der·hand·ed·ly adverb
un·der·hand·ed·ness noun


  1. <the commercial is a part of an underhanded PR campaign to whitewash the company's environmental record>
  2. <an underhanded attempt at infiltrating the other party's headquarters>

First Known Use of UNDERHANDED


Synonym Discussion of UNDERHANDED

secret, covert, stealthy, furtive, clandestine, surreptitious, underhanded mean done without attracting observation. secret implies concealment on any grounds for any motive <met at a secret location>. covert stresses the fact of not being open or declared <covert intelligence operations>. stealthy suggests taking pains to avoid being seen or heard especially in some misdoing <the stealthy step of a burglar>. furtive implies a sly or cautious stealthiness <lovers exchanging furtive glances>. clandestine implies secrecy usually for an evil, illicit, or unauthorized purpose and often emphasizes the fear of being discovered <a clandestine meeting of conspirators>. surreptitious applies to action or behavior done secretly often with skillful avoidance of detection and in violation of custom, law, or authority <the surreptitious stockpiling of weapons>. underhanded stresses fraud or deception <an underhanded trick>.
UNDERHANDED Defined for Kids


adjective un·der·hand·ed \ˌən-dər-ˈhan-dəd\

Definition of UNDERHANDED for Kids

:  2underhand 1


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