forehand

noun
fore·​hand | \ ˈfȯr-ˌhand How to pronounce forehand (audio) \

Definition of forehand

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

forehand

adjective

Definition of forehand (Entry 2 of 3)

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

forehand

adverb

Definition of forehand (Entry 3 of 3)

: with a forehand stroke

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forehand 3

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Examples of forehand in a Sentence

Noun She hit a forehand across the court.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Huska could not control the rebound, though, and Leason flicked it into the net with his forehand, for his third point of the game. Staff Report, courant.com, "Wolf Pack fall at Hershey in overtime," 1 Dec. 2019 Berrettini won the next point on a forehand volley but lost the next one on a short backhand. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Rafael Nadal sweeps his way into U.S. Open final to set up showdown with Daniil Medvedev," 6 Sep. 2019 Zverev fired a cross-court forehand winner to clinch a 6-4, 3-6, 10-4 victory in the decisive singles match and give the Europeans a 13-11 win in points. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Federer, Zverev win as Europe retains Laver Cup title," 22 Sep. 2019 During the first set, when Townsend pressed forward, Andreescu kept her forehands and backhands flat and hard, the better to pass. Gerald Marzorati, The New Yorker, "Bianca Andreescu Makes the Case for More Attention in Her Victory Over Taylor Townsend," 3 Sep. 2019 After breaking to lead 3-2 in the fifth, in a game Medvedev led 40-love before flubbing an easy forehand, Nadal broke again and served for the championship at 5-2. Howard Fendrich, baltimoresun.com, "Rafael Nadal edges Daniil Medvedev for fourth US Open title, 19th Grand Slam trophy," 9 Sep. 2019 After breaking to lead 3-2 in the fifth, in a game Medvedev led 40-love before flubbing an easy forehand, Nadal broke again and served for the championship at 5-2. Howard Fendrich, Twin Cities, "Nadal stops Medvedev comeback bid to win U.S. Open," 8 Sep. 2019 After breaking to lead 3-2 in the fifth, in a game Medvedev led 40-love before flubbing an easy forehand, Nadal broke again and served for the championship at 5-2. Howard Fendrich, The Denver Post, "Rafael Nadal edges Daniil Medvedev for 4th U.S. Open title, 19th Grand Slam trophy," 8 Sep. 2019 Medvedev's best shot, the cross court backhand, goes to Nadal's forehand. The Si Staff, SI.com, "Rafael Nadal vs. Daniil Medvedev: Keys to the Match, Predictions for U.S. Open Final," 7 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of forehand

Noun

1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1925, in the meaning defined above

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“Forehand.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forehand. Accessed 16 December 2019.

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forehand

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English Language Learners Definition of forehand

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

noun
fore·​hand | \ ˈfȯr-ˌhand How to pronounce forehand (audio) \

Kids Definition of forehand

: 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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