- a stroke, slap, etc., made with the palm of the hand turned toward the body and the back of the hand turned in the direction of the stroke, slap, etc.
- (in tennis, squash, etc.) a stroke made from the side of the body opposite to that of the hand holding the racket, paddle, etc.
- handwriting that slopes toward the left.
- with the back of the hand: He hit him backhand across the face.
- from across the body; backhanded: She returned the ball backhand on the first serve.
- to strike with the back of the hand.
- to hit, produce, or accomplish with a backhand.
- to catch (a ball or the like) backhanded.
Origin of backhand
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Examples from the Web for backhand
There are three full-time tennis aces on site who are more than happy to improve your backhand or perfect that serve.Gal With a Suitcase
February 20, 2011
It was a casual, backhand blow, but it almost caved in my chest.Backlash
With this backhand slap at the banker, the young man went out.The Heart of Canyon Pass
Thomas K. Holmes
He grabbed his cup of steaming coffee, and threw it backhand into Gorton's face.Man of Many Minds
E. Everett Evans
"F" indicates forehand, "B" backhand, and the "S" is the service.Squash Tennis
Richard C. Squires
He will want in London a fellow who, in the character of the Highland turnkey, held the backhand (p. 250) to him admirably well.Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Volume 6
John Gibson Lockhart
- a stroke made across the body with the back of the hand facing the direction of the stroke
- (as modifier)a backhand return
- the side on which backhand strokes are made
- handwriting slanting to the left
- with a backhand stroke
- sport to play (a shot) backhand
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Word Origin and History for backhand
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