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[oh-ver-hand] /ˈoʊ vərˌhænd/
thrown or performed with the hand raised over the shoulder; overarm:
overhand stroke.
with the hand and part or all of the arm raised above the shoulder:
to pitch overhand.
(in sewing and embroidery) with close, shallow stitches over two edges.
adverb, Also, overhanded
with the hand over the object:
to grasp one's fork overhand.
an overhand stroke, throw, or delivery.
verb (used with object)
to sew overhand.
Origin of overhand
First recorded in 1860-65; over- + hand Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for overhand
Historical Examples
  • She threw the sticks with the overhand swing of a boy pitching a ball.

    Shifting Sands Sara Ware Bassett
  • That would be as silly as using an overhand stab with a dagger.

    Nor Iron Bars a Cage.... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Pin to the band and overhand, taking a stitch for each pleat of the gathers.

    Handicraft for Girls Idabelle McGlauflin
  • overhand closely from right to left with short even stitches.

    Handicraft for Girls Idabelle McGlauflin
  • Hold the button with the left hand and overhand the loop to the cloth.

    Handicraft for Girls Idabelle McGlauflin
  • If the lace is to be put on plain hold it loosely to the edge and overhand.

    Handicraft for Girls Idabelle McGlauflin
  • He swam, practised the overhand racing stroke, dived; in the Gym.

    Rough-Hewn Dorothy Canfield
  • With strong, swift, overhand strokes he shot through the water.

    The Yukon Trail

    William MacLeod Raine
  • Throwing himself forward, headed downstream, Tad struck out with long, overhand strokes for the Chinaman.

    The Pony Rider Boys in Texas

    Frank Gee Patchin
  • There is also a bundle of unspun hair tied in the center with an overhand knot .

British Dictionary definitions for overhand


thrown or performed with the hand raised above the shoulder
sewn with thread passing over two edges in one direction
with the hand above the shoulder; overarm
with shallow stitches passing over two edges
to sew (two edges) overhand
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for overhand

1570s, "upside down," from over- + hand. Sense in tennis, etc., in reference to hand position above that which is gripped, is first recorded 1861. As an adjective, of throws, strokes, or bowls, "done with the hand raised above the shoulder," it is first recorded 1828 (in cricket).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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