From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Underhanded \Un"der*hand`ed\, a.
   1. Underhand; clandestine.
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   2. Insufficiently provided with hands or workers;
      short-handed; sparsely populated; obsolete in this sense,
      short-handed or understaffed being the preferrred
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            Norway . . . might defy the world, . . . but it is
            much underhanded now.                 --Coleridge.
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