Definition of backhand in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbakˌhand/


1(In tennis and other racket sports) a stroke played with the back of the hand facing in the direction of the stroke, typically starting with the arm crossing the body: he drove a backhand into the net [as modifier]: a backhand volley
More example sentences
  • They played attacking table tennis with high-speed backhand rallies being prominent.
  • Some athletes watch videotapes of a single physical skill, such as a backhand stroke in tennis, being performed with perfect technique.
  • Two other girls from Great Ormond Street chatted about their injuries before they enjoyed some expert coaching to improve their forehands, backhands, lobs and volleys.
1.1A blow or stroke delivered in a way similar to a backhand in tennis, or in a direction opposite to the usual: ground balls hit to my backhand [as modifier]: he made a backhand stop of the ball
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  • She recovers quickly pivoting on her lead foot to bisect him with a backhand blow.
  • Her cheek still stings from Marc's backhand.
  • She felt the hot sting of his backhand across her cheek and jaw.
2Handwriting that slopes to the left.
Example sentences
  • I remember I had to develop a new backhand handwriting to write her letters.


[with object]
Strike with a backhanded blow or stroke: in a flash, he backhanded Ace across the jaw
More example sentences
  • ‘Lady Christina,’ she roared, backhanding him and sending him flying across the chamber to crash into a set of table and chairs.
  • He yelled at me, backhanding me across the face.
  • Christine lunged at Denton again, the Master backhanding her to send her precariously near the edge of the roof, her head spinning from the force of the blow.

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Syllabification: back·hand

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