Definition of underhand in English:


Syllabification: un·der·hand
Pronunciation: /ˈəndərˌhand


1(Of a throw or stroke in sports) made with the arm or hand below shoulder level: he has a surprisingly good motion, more sidearm than underhand [as adverb]: I served underhand
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  • Almost every player shot a two-handed underhand free throw that started from around the knees, or lower.
  • While none of the Barry kids took to shooting free throws underhand, they resemble their father in other ways.
  • He thrived with a peculiar underhand delivery, behind which there's another story, perhaps true.
1.1With the palm of the hand upward or outward: an underhand grip
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  • Hold handle with your right hand in an underhand grip, palm up.
  • Grasping the bar with an underhand (palms facing up) grip, hands about shoulder-width apart, she pulls the bar in toward her abdomen.
  • The bow is held underhand with the palm upwards, the up-bow therefore being the stronger bowstroke.
2 another term for underhanded. Laura would never agree to anything that smacked of underhand snooping
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  • Surely it is the politicians that have brought politics into disrepute with their spin culture, deceit, half-truths and underhand dealings?
  • In the end, it was all right, I was cleared of any underhand dealings.
  • There is nothing covert or underhand about what has been going on here.


Old English in the sense 'in or into subjection, under control' (see under-, hand).

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