underhand

[uhn-der-hand]

adjective

not open and aboveboard; secret and crafty or dishonorable: an underhand deal with the chief of police.
executed with the hand below the level of the shoulder and the palm turned upward and forward: an underhand delivery of a ball.

adverb

with the hand below the level of the shoulder and the palm turned upward and forward: to bowl underhand.
secretly; stealthily; slyly.

Origin of underhand

before 900; 1530–40 for def 1; Middle English under hande (adv.) under rule, Old English underhand. See under-, hand

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underhand

adjective Also: underhanded

clandestine, deceptive, or secretive
sport another word for underarm

adverb

in an underhand manner or style
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Word Origin and History for underhand
adv.

Old English under hand "in subjection," from under + hand. Sense of "secret, stealthy, surreptitious" first recorded 1530s. For sense development, cf. Middle Dutch onderhanden "by degrees, slowly," Dutch onderhandsch "secret, private." The adjective is attested from 1540s.

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