Underhanded Un"der*hand`ed, a. 1. Underhand; clandestine. [1913 Webster]

2. Insufficiently provided with hands or workers; short-handed; sparsely populated; obsolete in this sense, {short-handed} or {understaffed} being the preferrred term. [1913 Webster +JG]

Norway . . . might defy the world, . . . but it is much underhanded now. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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