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underhanded

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

Definition of underhanded

First Known Use of underhanded

circa 1822


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underhanded

adjective

Definition of underhanded

:marked by secrecy, chicanery, and deception :not honest and aboveboard :sly
  • an underhanded attempt to gain power

underhandedly

adverb

underhandedness

noun

Examples of underhanded in a Sentence

  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

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First Known Use of underhanded

1853

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 English Language Learners

underhanded

adjective

Definition of underhanded for English Language Learners

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


UNDERHANDED Defined for Kids

underhanded

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

Definition of underhanded for Students



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