forehand

[ fawr-hand, fohr- ]
/ ˈfɔrˌhænd, ˈfoʊr- /
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adjective

noun

adverb

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

Nearby words

  1. foregone,
  2. foregone conclusion,
  3. foregone conclusion, a,
  4. foreground,
  5. foregut,
  6. forehanded,
  7. forehead,
  8. forehearth,
  9. forehock,
  10. forehoof

Origin of forehand

First recorded in 1535–45; fore- + hand

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Word Origin and History for forehand

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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