backhanded

adjective back·hand·ed \ ˈbak-ˈhan-dəd \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of backhanded

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

Recent Examples of backhanded from the Web

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First Known Use of backhanded

1748



BACKHANDED Defined for English Language Learners

backhanded

adjective

Definition of backhanded for English Language Learners

  • : not direct or sincere

  • sports : using or done with a backhand


BACKHANDED Defined for Kids

backhanded

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

Definition of backhanded for Students

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


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