back´hand´ed|ness

back´hand´ed|ness
back|hand|ed «BAK HAN dihd», adjective, adverb.
–adj.
1. done or made with the back of the hand turned outward: »

a backhanded stroke.

2. Figurative. indirect: »

He means to help, even though he offers to in a backhanded way.

3. Figurative. sounding like praise but actually an insult; insincere: »

A backhanded compliment is really a criticism.

4. slanting to the left: »

backhanded writing.

6. with the strands of rope or cable twisted in the reverse of the usual direction.
–adv.
backhand.
back´hand´ed|ly, adverb.
back´hand´ed|ness, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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