(adjective, verb, adverb)


1. with hand brought forward and up from below shoulder level

- an underhand pitch

- an underhand stroke

Similar word(s): underarm, underhanded

2. marked by deception

- achieved success in business only by underhand methods

Similar word(s): corrupt, crooked, sneaky, underhanded


1. slyly and secretly

- Mean revenge, committed underhand

- oldline aristocratic diplomats underhandedly undermined the attempt...to align Germany with the Western democracies

Similar word(s): underhandedly

2. with the hand swung below shoulder level

- throwing a ball underarm

Similar word(s): underarm


1. To toss or lob with an underhand movement.

2. To trick, decieve or gull.

3. (mining) To excavate downward in successive steps or horizontal slices while positioned above on unbroken ore.