Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Sports A stroke or motion, as of a racket, made with the back of the hand facing outward and the arm moving forward.
  • n. Sports A pass or shot in hockey made with the back of the blade of the stick.
  • n. Sports A catch made in baseball by reaching across the body with the palm turned toward the ball.
  • n. Handwriting characterized by letters that slant to the left.
  • adj. Made with or using a backhand.
  • adv. With a backhanded stroke or motion.
  • transitive v. Sports To perform, catch, or hit with a backhand: She backhanded the ball crosscourt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • n. Handwriting that leans to the left
  • n. 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.
  • n. The reverse side of the human hand.
  • v. to execute a backhand stroke or throw
  • v. to slap with the back of one's hand
  • adj. Of any left slanting handwriting
  • adj. In the backhand style
  • adj. Of a play that uses the back side of the hockey stick

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Sloping from left to right; -- said of handwriting.
  • adj. Backhanded; indirect; oblique.
  • n. A kind of handwriting in which the downward slope of the letters is from left to right.
  • n. The stroke of a ball with a racket or paddle, in which head of the racket starts from the side of the body opposite to that of the arm in which the racket is held, and proceeds forward to meet the ball. Contrasted with forehand.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Writing which slopes backward or to the left: as, he writes backhand.
  • n. In tennis, the position behind the principal player.
  • Backhanded; unfavorable; unfair: as, a backhand influence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. hit a tennis ball backhand
  • adj. (of racket strokes) made across the body with back of hand facing direction of stroke
  • adj. (of handwriting) having the letters slanting backward
  • n. a return made with the back of the hand facing the direction of the stroke

Etymologies

From back +‎ hand (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Today's players are extraordinarily skilful but I would still like to see them hitting a running top-spin backhand in the manner of Rod Laver while using a wooden-framed racket that weighs double the ones they use now and has a sweet spot a quarter the size.

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  • If anyone out here has any tips on hitting a consistent top-spin backhand, please fax them to Doubleday.

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  • He added his second of the game - his ninth of the season - when he beat Elliott with a backhand from a sharp angle with 1: 53 remaining.

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  • Cory Stillman's backhand from a sharp angle bounced off the goal post, then Booth's backhand went between Ramo's legs.

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  • He was replaced by Jonathan Quick after Stafford made it 4-0 just 3 minutes into the third period with a power-play goal on a backhand from the slot.

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  • Kovalev's 18th goal on a backhand from the slot made it 3-2 on a power play 8: 37 into the second before Tanguay got his second goal of the game - his 14th - on another man advantage at 13: 46.

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  • The Sharks finally were rewarded when Boyle slipped a 35-foot backhand from the corner under Roloson's left pad and off the back of his other leg with 5.5 seconds left in the period.

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  • The Blues had the best two scoring chances of the first period, but Stempniak's break-in backhand rung of the left post 1: 36 into the game, and Kiprusoff stopped Dan Hinote at the top of the crease with 12 minutes to play.

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  • He converted a rebound on his backhand from the edge of the crease for his 11th goal, while Brown was off for holding Clark.

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  • His backhand is better, and his net play is more adept.

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