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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Sports Made with or using a backhand.
  • adjective Oblique or roundabout.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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From back + hand + -ed

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