short-handed: By the time of the Navy game, Army usually finds itself underhanded.

Origin of underhanded

First recorded in 1800–10; under- + handed
Related formsun·der·hand·ed·ly, adverbun·der·hand·ed·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for underhanded

Contemporary Examples of underhanded

Historical Examples of underhanded

  • How in the world did they get here, and what underhanded work are they up to now?

    Dave Porter and His Rivals

    Edward Stratemeyer

  • Literally to draw away from under, or in an underhanded way, as by stealth.


    Elmer W. Cavins

  • He had an innate dislike to the man, who looked furtive and underhanded.


    George Manville Fenn

  • You want to drive us out, do you, you sneakin' underhanded hound!

    Roughing It

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • Ef this ez any underhanded work of yours, you'll pay for it.


    Bret Harte

British Dictionary definitions for underhanded



another word for underhand, short-handed
Derived Formsunderhandedly, adverbunderhandedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for underhanded

in reference to a throw, etc., c.1822, from underhand. As "in secret," from 1825; as "with too few people," from 1834.

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