underhand Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “underhand” in the English Dictionary

"underhand" in British English

See all translations

underhandadjective

uk   /ˌʌn.dəˈhænd/  us   /-dɚ-/ mainly UK (US usually underhanded) disapproving
done ​secretly, and sometimes ​dishonestly, in ​order to ​achieve an ​advantage: What really ​angered her was the ​dirty, underhand way they had ​tricked her.

underhandadjective, adverb

uk   /ˌʌn.dəˈhænd/  us   /-dɚ-/ US (UK underarm)
(done by) ​moving the ​arm below ​shoulderlevel: underhand ​throwing He ​pitched underhand for the ​youngerchildren.
Opposite
(Definition of underhand from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"underhand" in American English

See all translations

underhandadjective, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈʌn·dərˌhænd/
(done) by ​moving the ​arm from back to ​front with the ​hand below ​shoulderlevel and with the ​innerpart of the ​handfacingforward: an underhand ​toss
(Definition of underhand from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"underhand" in Business English

See all translations

underhandadjective

uk   us   /ˌʌndəˈhænd/ UK (US also underhanded)
done secretly, and sometimes dishonestly, in ​order to ​achieve an ​advantage: This is an underhand attempt to ​resumecommercial whaling. Insurers have been ​accused of using underhand ​tactics to ​reduce the ​amount of ​compensationpaid to ​homeowners who have been missold a ​mortgageendowmentpolicy. underhanded ​methods/​tactics
(Definition of underhand from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “underhand”
in Chinese (Simplified) 秘密的,偷偷摸摸的…
in Turkish el altından, gizlice, gizli olarak…
in Russian тайный, сомнительный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 秘密的,偷偷摸摸的…
in Polish nieuczciwy, podstępny…
What is the pronunciation of underhand?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

chestnut

a large tree with leaves divided into five parts and large round nuts that can be eaten

Word of the Day

In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
by Liz Walter,
September 02, 2015
Several readers have asked for information on prepositions, so I will start with a blog post that looks at an area where they are really important: travel. The first thing to remember is that we use to (and not ‘in’) after the verb go: We are going to London. I went to

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More