Origin of backhand

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

/ (ˈbækˌhænd) /


  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


with a backhand stroke

verb (tr)

sport to play (a shot) backhand
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