forehand [fawr-hand, fohr-] ExamplesWord Origin adjective
- (in tennis, squash, etc.) of, relating to, or noting a stroke made from the same side of the body as that of the hand holding the racket, paddle, etc.Compare backhand(def 5).
- being in front or ahead.
- foremost or leading.
- done beforehand; given or made in advance, as a payment.
- (in tennis, squash, etc.) a forehand stroke.
- the part of a horse that is in front of the rider.
- Cards. the player on the dealer’s left, in a game with three players.Compare endhand, middlehand.
- Archaic. a superior or advantageous position.
- (in tennis, squash, etc.) with a forehand stroke.
A loin of pork with the fat and kidney taken out and boned, and a forehand of pork boned, are very nice dressed in the same way.
Of course, not those birds who have had the forehand of a wing amputated.
William Nelson Hutchinson
It is the one opposite the direction in which you are moving the croup or forehand.
Theodore Ayrault Dodge
He made a desperate effort to get up, but could only raise his forehand.
Jeffery E. Jeffery
I had been a forehand then; but to be baffl’d, And have no feeling of the cause—Petro.
British Dictionary definitions for forehand forehand adjective (prenominal)
- (of a stroke) made with the racket held so that the wrist is facing the direction of the stroke
- 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
- a forehand stroke
- 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
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).