- handwriting that slants backward, up to the left
- a kind of stroke, as in tennis, with the back of the hand turned forward, the arm being brought forward from across the body
- done with the back of the hand turned inward, as for a baseball catch, or forward, as for a tennis stroke, and with the arm across the body
- written in backhand
- to catch (a ball) with the back of the hand turned inward and arm extended across the body
- to hit (a ball) with a backhand stroke
- Sports a. A backhand stroke or shot, as in tennis or hockey.b. A position for controlling a ball or puck, in which the back of the dominant hand faces forward: moved the puck to his backhand before shooting.c. A catch made in baseball by reaching across the body with the palm turned toward the ball.
- Handwriting characterized by letters that slant to the left.
transitive verbback·hand·ed, back·hand·ing, back·hands Sports
Roger Federer of Switzerland at Wimbledon in 2009
- (tennis) a stroke made across the chest from the off-hand side to the racquet hand side; a stroke during which the back of the hand faces the shot.
- Handwriting that leans to the left
- (Ultimate Frisbee) the standard throw; a throw during which the disc begins on the off-hand side and travels across the chest to be released from the opposite side.
- The reverse side of the human hand.
(third-person singular simple present backhands, present participle backhanding, simple past and past participle backhanded)
- to execute a backhand stroke or throw
- to slap with the back of one's hand
(comparative more backhand, superlative most backhand)
- (handwriting) Of any left slanting handwriting
- (of strokes or throws) In the backhand style
- (ice hockey) Of a play that uses the back side of the hockey stick
- He scored on a backhand shot.