What does backhand mean?

backhand meaning in General Dictionary

Sloping from kept to right said of handwriting

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  • a type of handwriting when the downward slope of this letters is from remaining to right
  • (of handwriting) having the letters slanting backwards
  • (of racket strokes) made across the body with straight back of hand dealing with course of swing
  • hit a tennis-ball backhand
  • a return made out of the back of the hand dealing with the course regarding the swing
  • A kind of handwriting when the downward pitch of letters is from left to right.
  • Sloping from remaining to right; -- stated of handwriting.
  • Backhanded; indirect; oblique.

backhand meaning in Etymology Dictionary

as a tennis stroke, 1650s, from straight back (adv.) + hand. As a verb, by 1935. The figurative adjectival feeling of "indirect" is from c.1800. Associated: Backhanded; backhanding.


backhand meaning in Sports Dictionary

A stroke played over the human body with all the back associated with hand facing the path for the strike. For a right-handed player this could be a shot playing a ball in front of or even the lefthand region of the human anatomy. (recreation: Tennis)


backhand - German to English

backhand [tennis, table tennis, etc.]


backhand meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) A kind of handwriting where the downward pitch of the letters is from kept to right.

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  • (a.) Sloping from remaining to right; -- stated of handwriting.
  • (a.) Backhanded; indirect; oblique.

Sentence Examples with the word backhand

The barbarian ignored Taran and snatched Vara by the scruff, only to backhand him hard.

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