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backhand

noun back·hand \ ˈbak-ˌhand \

Definition of backhand

1 a :a stroke (as in tennis) made with the back of the hand turned in the direction of movement; also :the side on which such strokes are made
b :a catch (as in baseball) made to the side of the body opposite the hand being used
2 :handwriting whose strokes slant downward from left to right

Examples of backhand in a Sentence

  1. She has a good backhand but a weak forehand.

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First Known Use of backhand

1657


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backhand

adjective

Definition of backhand

:made with a backhand
  • a backhand tennis stroke

First Known Use of backhand

1695


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backhand

adverb back·hand \ ˈbak-ˌhand \
variants: or backhanded play \-ˈhan-dəd\

Definition of backhand

:with a backhand

First Known Use of backhand

1767


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backhand

verb

Definition of backhand

transitive verb
:to do, hit, or catch backhand

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First Known Use of backhand

circa 1896



BACKHAND Defined for English Language Learners

backhand

noun

Definition of backhand for English Language Learners

  • : a way of hitting a ball in tennis and similar games in which the back of the hand holding the racket is turned in the direction of the ball

  • : a catch in baseball and similar games that is made on the side of the body that is opposite the hand being used


BACKHAND Defined for Kids

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backhand

noun back·hand \ ˈbak-ˌhand \

Definition of backhand for Students

1 :a stroke in sports played with a racket that is made with the back of the hand turned in the direction in which the hand is moving
2 :a catch (as in baseball) made with the arm across the body and the palm turned away from the body

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backhand

adverb or adjective

Definition of backhand for Students

:with a backhand
  • caught backhand


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