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forehand

noun fore·hand \ ˈfȯr-ˌhand \
Updated on: 18 Apr 2018

Definition of forehand

1 archaic : superior position : advantage
2 : the part of a horse that is before the rider
3 : a forehand stroke (as in tennis or racquets); also : the side on which such strokes are made

Examples of forehand in a Sentence

  1. She hit a forehand across the court.

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First Known Use of forehand

1557

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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forehand

adjective

Definition of forehand

1 obsolete : done or given in advance : prior
2 : made with the palm of the hand turned in the direction in which the hand is moving
  • a forehand tennis stroke

First Known Use of forehand

1599

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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forehand

adverb

Definition of forehand

: with a forehand stroke

First Known Use of forehand

1925

in the meaning defined above

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FOREHAND Defined for English Language Learners

forehand

Definition of forehand for English Language Learners

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


FOREHAND Defined for Kids

forehand

noun fore·hand \ ˈfȯr-ˌhand \

Definition of forehand for Students

: a stroke in sports played with a racket made with the palm of the hand turned in the direction in which the hand is moving


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