backhanded

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

Definition of backhanded

  1. 1 :  indirect, devious; especially :  sarcastic a backhanded compliment

  2. 2 :  using or made with a backhand

backhandedly

adverb

Examples of backhanded in a sentence

  1. We were disappointed by his backhanded apology.

  2. <You throw okay, for a girl is a bit of a backhanded compliment>

1748

First Known Use of backhanded

1748



BACKHANDED Defined for English Language Learners

backhanded

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

Definition of backhanded for English Language Learners

  • : not direct or sincere

  • sports : using or done with a backhand


BACKHANDED Defined for Kids

backhanded

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

Definition of backhanded for Students

  1. 1 :  using or done with a backhand a backhanded catch

  2. 2 :  not sincere backhanded praise



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