Origin of backhand

First recorded in 1650–60; back2 + hand
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British Dictionary definitions for backhand

backhand

/ (ˈbækˌhænd) /

noun

sport
  1. a stroke made across the body with the back of the hand facing the direction of the stroke
  2. (as modifier)a backhand return
the side on which backhand strokes are made
handwriting slanting to the left

adverb

with a backhand stroke

verb (tr)

sport to play (a shot) backhand
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Word Origin and History for backhand

backhand


n.

as a tennis stroke, 1650s, from back (adv.) + hand. As a verb, by 1935. The figurative adjectival sense of "indirect" is from c.1800. Related: Backhanded; backhanding.

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