A tennis player performing a backhand volley.
backhand definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- 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
with a 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
backhand definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Sports a. A stroke or motion, as of a racket, made with the back of the hand facing outward and the arm moving forward.b. A pass or shot in hockey made with the back of the blade of the stick.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.
Made with or using a backhand.adverb
With a backhanded stroke or motion.transitive verb back·hand·ed, back·hand·ing, back·hands Sports
To perform, catch, or hit with a backhand: She backhanded the ball crosscourt.
- backˈhandˌer noun