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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