[fawr-hand, fohr-]




(in tennis, squash, etc.) with a forehand stroke.

Origin of forehand

First recorded in 1535–45; fore- + hand Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of forehand

British Dictionary definitions for forehand


adjective (prenominal)

  1. (of a stroke) made with the racket held so that the wrist is facing the direction of the stroke
  2. of or relating to the right side of a right-handed player or the left side of a left-handed player
foremost or paramount
done or given beforehand


  1. a forehand stroke
  2. the side on which such strokes are made
the part of a horse in front of the saddle
a frontal position


sport with a forehand stroke


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

tennis stroke, 1879 (adj.), 1909 (n.), from fore- + hand (n.). Earlier it meant "position in front or above" (16c.); hence forehanded "prudent." Earliest use of the word is in archery, forehand shaft "arrow for shooting straight in front" (1540s).

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