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underhand

adverb un·der·hand \ ˈən-dər-ˌhand \

Definition of underhand

1 a : in a clandestine manner
b archaic : in a quiet or unobtrusive manner
2 : with an underhand motion
  • bowl underhand
  • pitch underhand

First Known Use of underhand

1538

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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underhand

adjective

Definition of underhand

2 : done so as to evade notice
3 : made with the hand brought forward and up from below the shoulder level
  • an underhand serve

Examples of underhand in a Sentence

  1. willing to stoop to underhand methods in order to win

  2. the congressman's underhand attempt to slip several pork barrel items into the bill

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First Known Use of underhand

1592

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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UNDERHAND Defined for English Language Learners

underhand

Definition of underhand for English Language Learners

  • : with an underhand motion


underhand

Definition of underhand for English Language Learners

  • : made with the hand brought forward and upward from below the shoulder


UNDERHAND Defined for Kids

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underhand

adverb un·der·hand \ ˈən-dər-ˌhand \

Definition of underhand for Students

: with an upward movement of the hand or arm
  • She threw underhand.

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underhand

adjective

Definition of underhand for Students

1 : done in secret or so as to deceive
  • underhand dealings
2 : made with an upward movement of the hand or arm
  • an underhand throw


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