Definition of backhand in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbakˌhand/ /ˈbækˌhænd/

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  • 1(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.

    ‘he drove a backhand into the net’
    • ‘a backhand volley’
    1. 1.1A blow or stroke delivered in a similar way to a backhand in tennis and other racket sports.
      • ‘he made a backhand stop of the ball’

transitive verb

[with object]
  • Strike with a backhanded blow or stroke.

    ‘in a flash, he backhanded Ace across the jaw’
    • ‘‘Lady Christina,’ she roared, backhanding him and sending him flying across the chamber to crash into a set of table and chairs.’
    • ‘He yelled at me, backhanding me across the face.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She felt like backhanding him at that point, but then realized he didn't know about her bad history with the male species.’
    • ‘She looked at him briefly before backhanding him again with her hand.’
    • ‘Reika parries a downward thrust and spins around, backhanding her adversary.’
    • ‘The duke slashed out with a sound of fury, backhanding Edith across the face.’
    • ‘He didn't even hesitate before stepping forward and backhanding her across the cheek.’
    • ‘Her opponent acted fast, rising from his crouch and backhanding her across the face.’
    • ‘I ended up backhanding Nicole, making sure I left my mark as she'd left hers.’
    • ‘Francine went to backhand him across the face, but Keiran held up his book and she wacked her hand across the hardcover.’
    • ‘With the abruptness of a striking cobra, Noah backhands him across his face.’
    • ‘The woman slaps her, and Casey backhands her, knocking her a good six foot back.’
    • ‘I was afraid he was going to backhand me, so I flinched, nearly falling back.’
    • ‘Snarling, he raised a hand to backhand me, and I brought up an arm and braced myself for the blow.’
    • ‘Then I saw him backhand her so hard that she fell back and hit her head against the desk.’
    • ‘Collar quickly rushed forward and backhanded the ball sending it back over the net.’
    • ‘Jyger backhanded the guard hard across the face, throwing him to the ground.’
    • ‘I served against the backboard and backhanded the ball that bounced back.’