Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Sports Made with or using a backhand: a backhanded shot into the opponent's court.
  • adj. Oblique or roundabout: a backhanded compliment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. With the hand turned backward.
  • adj. Indirect; awkward; insincere; sarcastic.
  • adj. Turned back
  • adj. inclining to the left
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of backhand.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. With the hand turned backward.
  • adj. Indirect; awkward; insincere; sarcastic.
  • adj. Turned back, or inclining to the left.
  • Stroked with a backhand{2}.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • With the back of the hand: as, a backhanded blow.
  • Done or effected with the hand turned backward, crosswise, or in any oblique direction; marked by a backward slope, direction, or effect: as, backhanded writing; a backhanded stroke in sword-play or lawn-tennis.
  • Figuratively, oblique in meaning; indirect; equivocal; ambiguous; sarcastic: as, a backhanded compliment.
  • Twisted in the opposite way from the usual method: said of a rope.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of racket strokes) made across the body with back of hand facing direction of stroke
  • adj. roundabout or ambiguous

Etymologies

From back + hand + -ed (Wiktionary)

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