Related formsback·hand·ed·ly, adverbback·hand·ed·ness, noun
Definition for backhanded (2 of 2)
verb (used with object)
Examples from the Web for backhanded
Completing the motion, Howe pulled the puck back to his own left and backhanded it hard into the open side of the net.
Shawn sat up to say something, and he hauled off and backhanded her across the face.The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis|Richard Ben Cramer|January 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I realized that the very narrowness of my complaints was backhanded evidence of the enormous amount that the film gets right.
In his heyday, Richards had an eerily clinical and meticulous approach to drug use, a backhanded compliment to be sure.
For these women, “crazy” is a backhanded compliment, a path on the road to fame.
With a backhanded slash de Gobignon knocked the point aside.The Saracen: The Holy War|Robert Shea
For myself, though I received only a backhanded blow on the chest, I staggered as if I had been struck with a sledgehammer.In the Days of My Youth|Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards
Well, then, he turned more yellow than usual, and he gave me a backhanded smack across the face.Real Gold|George Manville Fenn
Nick lifted his hand; and with a vicious, backhanded stroke sent Xavier again reeling across the yard.Two on the Trail|Hulbert Footner
Perhaps it is only another aspect of the spirit of altruism, a sort of backhanded vicariousness.The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner|Charles Dudley Warner
British Dictionary definitions for backhanded (1 of 2)
Derived Formsbackhandedly, adverbbackhandedness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for backhanded (2 of 2)
- a stroke made across the body with the back of the hand facing the direction of the stroke
- (as modifier)a backhand return