[ uhn-der-han-did ]
/ ˈʌn dərˈhæn dɪd /


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 underhandedness

  • 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


/ (ˌʌndəˈhændɪd) /


another word for underhand, short-handed
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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