- Backhanded is defined as a stroke in sports that is done with the palm of the hand turned towards the body.
In tennis if you hit a ball that approached your left side with your right hand that would be an example of a backhand hit.
- The definition of backhanded refers to a comment that is sarcastic and that isn't as it appears on the surface.
An example of a backhanded compliment is your mother-in-law saying "My goodness, I'm surprised at how good this dinner was since I know you usually have such trouble with cooking."
- Backhanded means doing something with the outside of your hand.
If you pull your arm to the opposite side of your body then hit someone, then that is an example that you hit someone backhanded.
backhanded definition by Webster's New World
- expressing or expressed in an indirect or sarcastic way; not sincere; equivocal: a backhanded compliment
- Sports performed by backhanding the ball: a backhanded catch
backhanded definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Sports Made with or using a backhand: a backhanded shot into the opponent's court.
- Oblique or roundabout: a backhanded compliment.
- backˈhandˌed·ly adverb
- backˈhandˌed·ness noun