[fawr-han-did, fohr-]


capable of dealing or coping with unexpected problems.
providing for the future; prudent; thrifty.
in good financial circumstances; well-to-do.


Origin of forehanded

First recorded in 1585–95; forehand + -ed3
Related formsfore·hand·ed·ly, adverbfore·hand·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for forehanded

Historical Examples of forehanded

  • Then he never was forehanded, an' how could he ha' furnished a house all over ag'in, I'd like to know?

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • I like a man that 's good comp'ny, even if he ain't so forehanded.

    The Village Watch-Tower

    (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin

  • It was far from winter yet, but this purchaser was forehanded.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Other folks don't work themselves to death the way you do, and you're forehanded too.

  • First of all, that they were canny, a thrifty, forehanded race.

British Dictionary definitions for forehanded



  1. thrifty
  2. well-off

adverb, adjective

sport a less common word for forehand
Derived Formsforehandedly, adverbforehandedness, noun
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