underhand

adverb
un·​der·​hand | \ˈən-dər-ˌhand \

Definition of underhand 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : in a clandestine manner

b archaic : in a quiet or unobtrusive manner

2 : with an underhand motion bowl underhand pitch underhand

underhand

adjective

Definition of underhand (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : done so as to evade notice

3 : made with the hand brought forward and up from below the shoulder level an underhand serve

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Synonyms & Antonyms for underhand

Synonyms: Adjective

bent [chiefly British], crooked, deceptive, dishonest, double-dealing, duplicitous, fast, fraudulent, guileful, rogue, shady, sharp, shifty, underhanded

Antonyms: Adjective

aboveboard, honest, straight

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Examples of underhand in a Sentence

Adjective

willing to stoop to underhand methods in order to win the congressman's underhand attempt to slip several pork barrel items into the bill

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Makita’s practically underhand release is unlike any pitcher presently in the majors and few ever. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres notes: Pirela heating up, really up; Maki finds balance; Strahm finds zone," 27 May 2018 The reason this is important is that permission is being obtained in an underhand way—in effect being tricked out of us. Mark Dixon, Fortune, "GDPR Should Have Made Cookies Toast," 24 May 2018 The game needs to help the bowlers more because the imbalance between bat and ball is one reason why bowlers and fielders have felt the need to alter the condition of the ball in an underhand way. Nick Compton, CNN, "How to solve cricket's ball-tampering problem?," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of underhand

Adverb

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of underhand was in 1538

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More Definitions for underhand

underhand

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of underhand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: with an underhand motion

underhand

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of underhand (Entry 2 of 2)

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

underhand

adverb
un·​der·​hand | \ˈən-dər-ˌhand \

Kids Definition of underhand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

underhand

adjective

Kids Definition of underhand (Entry 2 of 2)

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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