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  1. underhand.
  2. short-handed: By the time of the Navy game, Army usually finds itself underhanded.
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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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Historical Examples

  • The game that he feared and that he hated was the one of underhandedness, of lies, of treachery, of bribery.

    Istar of Babylon

    Margaret Horton Potter

British Dictionary definitions for underhandedness


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



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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