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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Noun

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 The Davidovs first got to know Eisenbud and IMG three years ago, after Kalin posted a video of his son’s double-forehand game on Facebook. New York Times, 1 May 2022 Fritz held serve to take a 6-5 lead, using his forehand to its best advantage and hitting an ace. Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2022 But Nadal broke back for 5-5 when Kyrgios hit a forehand long. Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar. 2022 Nadal won the game with a forehand passing shot and clenched his fist. Adam Zagoria, Forbes, 30 Jan. 2022 Opelka held after three deuces when Nadal netted a forehand chasing the American's drop shot to force the second tiebreaker. Beth Harris, ajc, 17 Mar. 2022 The crowd of 25,703 cheered for one last stand by Djokovic, but after one more double fault on championship point, Medvedev prevailed when Djokovic netted a forehand. Los Angeles Times, 12 Sep. 2021 Fritz went up a break in the second game of the opening set against fellow baseliner Rublev, converting his third break point chance when Rublev sent a forehand long. Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2022 Rasmussen skated to the net and went to his forehand, testing Elliott with a wrist shot. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 5 Mar. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forehand. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for forehand

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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