Noun Backhand Definition and Examples







(in tennis and other racket sports) a stroke played with the back of the hand facing in the direction of the stroke, with the arm across the body.
  1. as modifier 'a backhand volley'
  2. 'She sent her opponent running back with a lunging lob and then dived to put in a backhand angled drop volley.'
  3. 'A crossed backhand volley in front of the net ended his run at 6-3.'
  4. 'She blew a second match point with a backhand drop shot that fell short.'
  5. 'He's able to return everything that Clay throws at him whether it's a backhand or a forehand groundstroke.'
  6. 'But the American hit a forehand into the net, then sent a backhand wide and lost the game.'
  7. 'She fell behind right away in the second, 4-in a single hand and 6-before a backhand drop shot got her on the scoreboard.'
  8. 'Her often solid game was dotted with some impeccable forehand cross-court returns but her backhand is comparatively weaker.'
  9. 'Some athletes watch videotapes of a single physical skill, such as a backhand stroke in tennis, being performed with perfect technique.'
  10. 'He can roll or slice his backhand, hook his forehand short, or hit it with a mix of pace and top spin that is formidable.'
  11. 'On the second, he charged to the net and put away a backhand volley to keep his hopes alive.'
  12. 'The man in front of me seemed to strain to turn his head farther around on his neck after receiving a well placed backhand.'
  13. 'It was quickly followed by another backhand to the temple that left Cassandra dizzy and seeing double.'
  14. 'He shook her a few times and when that didn't work he went for a good old-fashioned backhand slap.'
  15. 'Recovering, the guard punched Nathan in the face twice; Nathan responded which a kick to the man's groin and backhand to the right side of his head.'
  16. 'Suddenly, her left hand shot toward the older girl's face in a weak but fast backhand.'


Strike with a backhanded blow or stroke.
  1. 'I stood up and ran at her, but she disappeared and materialized behind me, backhanding me brutally, and I doubled over trying to keep my balance.'
  2. 'With the abruptness of a striking cobra, Noah backhands him across his face.'
  3. '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.'
  4. 'Reika parries a downward thrust and spins around, backhanding her adversary.'
  5. 'Then I saw him backhand her so hard that she fell back and hit her head against the desk.'
  6. 'I was afraid he was going to backhand me, so I flinched, nearly falling back.'
  7. 'He didn't even hesitate before stepping forward and backhanding her across the cheek.'
  8. 'The duke slashed out with a sound of fury, backhanding Edith across the face.'
  9. 'Collar quickly rushed forward and backhanded the ball sending it back over the net.'
  10. 'She looked at him briefly before backhanding him again with her hand.'
((n.) A kind of handwriting in which the downward slope of the letters is from left to right.)


1. a stroke, slap, etc., made with the palm of the hand turned toward the body and the back of the hand turned in the direction of the stroke, slap, etc.

2. (in tennis, squash, etc.) a stroke made from the side of the body opposite to that of the hand holding the racket, paddle, etc.

3. handwriting that slopes toward the left. adjective

4. backhanded.

5. (in tennis, squash, etc.) of, relating to, or noting a stroke made from the side of the body opposite to that of the hand holding the racket, paddle, etc.Compare forehand (def 1). adverb

6. with the back of the hand: He hit him backhand across the face.

7. from across the body; backhanded: She returned the ball backhand on the first serve. verb (used with object)

8. to strike with the back of the hand.

9. to hit, produce, or accomplish with a backhand. 10. to catch (a ball or the like) backhanded.


"backhands can be up lines."
"backhands can be into nets."
"backhands can be to feet."
"backhands can be past sticks."
"backhands can be past people/places/organizations."
"backhands can be past people."
"backhands can be out of courts."
"backhands can be off returns."
"backhands can be off lobs."
"backhands can be into points."
"backhands can be in sets."
"backhands can be from people/places/organizations."
"backhands can be from people."
"backhands can be by people."
"backhands can be across nets."

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