overhand

1 of 3

adjective

over·​hand ˈō-vər-ˌhand How to pronounce overhand (audio)
: made with the hand brought forward and down from above shoulder level
overhand adverb
overhanded adverb or adjective

overhand

2 of 3

verb

overhanded; overhanding; overhands

transitive verb

: to sew with short vertical stitches

overhand

3 of 3

noun

: an overhand stroke (as in handball)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Tyler Joe Hold the top end of the barbell at your chest with an overhand grip. Milo F. Bryant, Men's Health, 18 Nov. 2022 Stand holding a dumbbell or kettlebell in front of you with your right hand with an overhand grip. Greg Presto, Men's Health, 26 May 2022 Lie faceup on the bench and grab the bar with an overhand grip just wider than shoulder-width. Greg Presto, Men's Health, 24 Apr. 2022 If the weight is heavy for you, hold it with both hands, using an overhand grip with the right. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, 21 Nov. 2020 Hold dumbbells in front of your thighs with an overhand grip. Men's Health, 24 Apr. 2022 How Start with an overhand grip, band out in front in line with the shoulders, elbows soft and pointing straight ahead. Ben Walker, Outside Online, 28 Aug. 2020 Start out by trying a two-arm hang, using an overhand grip that's slightly outside your shoulder width. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 27 Jan. 2022 Pull-ups, which require you to hang on to a bar using an overhand grip, and, drawing your elbows in toward your rib cage, raise your chin over the bar, are simple — but not easy. Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2021
Verb
Unlike most of the other women in the field, Lenglen served overhanded. Jon Wertheim And Jacob Feldman, SI.com, 27 June 2019 Rizzo was visibly upset after getting plunked, throwing his bat overhanded toward the Chicago dugout. USA TODAY, 27 Sep. 2017
Noun
Thrown overhand, the ball came in high, then dove for a strike. Rich Cohen, WSJ, 14 Oct. 2022 How: Pop the bar overhead your head and hold the bar with a double overhand grip in front of your quads. Jon-erik Kawamoto, Outside Online, 24 May 2021 Mike Trout's fantasy football league became newsworthy last month when the Reds' Tommy Pham delivered an overhand slap to the Giants' Joc Pederson during batting practice in a feud that all stemmed from a dispute over rules in the league. Matt Young, Chron, 17 June 2022 Drama ensued in the final minutes as Chimaev stunned Burns, only to receive a massive overhand. Nolan King, USA TODAY, 10 Apr. 2022 At Gamebred Boxing 1, Gore flattened opponent Yaya Olorunsola with a brutal overhand right to win his professional boxing debut by fourth-round knockout. Nolan King, USA TODAY, 15 May 2022 Grip the bar with a double-overhand grip shoulder-width apart. Jon-erik Kawamoto, Outside Online, 24 May 2021 But as Ortiz let his punches fly, Silva waited for an opening and delivered an overhand right that dropped Ortiz to the canvas. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 12 Sep. 2021 In the sixth bout, Ground Control fighter Jerome Featherstone hit Steve Moleski with an overhand right at the end of the first round and watched the Pennsylvania fighter wobble back to his corner. Kevin Richardson, Baltimore Sun, 27 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1656, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1871, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overhand was in 1656

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Cite this Entry

“Overhand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overhand. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

overhand 1 of 2

adjective

over·​hand ˈō-vər-ˌhand How to pronounce overhand (audio)
: made with the hand brought forward and down from above shoulder level
an overhand pitch
an overhand tennis stroke
overhand adverb
overhanded adverb

overhand

2 of 2

noun

: an overhand stroke (as in tennis)
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