• (British) IPA: /fɔːhænd/
  • (America) IPA: /fɔːɹhænd/

forehand (plural forehands)

  1. (racket sports) A stroke in which the palm of the hand faces the direction of the stroke.
  2. (disc sports) A throw similar to a sidearm throw in baseball, where the disc remains on the throwing-arm side of the body and is led by the middle finger.
  3. All of the part of a horse which is before the rider.
  4. (archaic) The chief or most important part.
  5. Superiority; advantage; start; precedence.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Henry the Fift”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene i]:
      And, but for ceremony such a wretch,
      Winding up days with toil and nights with sleep,
      Had the forehand and vantage of a king
  6. (surfing) The hand towards the front of the board.
  • (kind of throw in sports) flick
Antonyms Translations Adjective

forehand (not comparable)

  1. Beforehand; paid in advance.
    a forehand rent
Antonyms Verb

forehand (forehands, present participle forehanding; past and past participle forehanded)

  1. (transitive) To strike with a forehand stroke.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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