Definition of backhanded in English:


Line breaks: back|hand¦ed
Pronunciation: /bakˈhandɪd


  • 1Made with the back of the hand facing in the direction of movement: a backhanded pass
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    • Less than four minutes in, he delivered a beautiful backhanded pass that resulted in a three-point play.
    • He also isn't playing good defense, failing to make the backhanded stops he has made most of the season.
    • The center fielder jumped against the wall attempting a backhanded catch.
  • 2Having a meaning that is expressed indirectly or ambiguously: coming from me, teasing is a backhanded compliment
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    • It sold 55,000, and people started calling him the best rapper in Britain - a bit of a backhanded compliment, taking into account the whole suitcase-and-waterpistol state of British rap.
    • The poem is a riposte to Lord Beauchamp's backhanded compliment to Australians, ‘Your birthstain you have turned to good.’
    • One time we played with a traditional puppet master from Japan, and he told us that we ‘seemed to really enjoy what we do’, which I guess is kind of a backhanded compliment.
    indirect, ambiguous, oblique, equivocal; double-edged, two-edged; tongue-in-cheek, sarcastic, ironic, sardonic


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  • With the back of the hand or with the hand turned backwards: Ellwood hit him backhanded
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    • Unfortunately, he doesn't have much range to his right, and he's horrible at fielding the ball backhanded.
    • His stabbing was also done backhanded.

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