Etymology
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forehand (adj.)

1879 in reference to a tennis stroke; 1909 as a noun in this sense; from fore- + hand (n.). Earlier it meant "position in front or above" (1550s); hence forehanded "prudent, careful of the future" (1640s), which came to mean "well-provided, well-to-do," a sense which lingered in New England into 19c.

updated on December 17, 2014

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Definitions of forehand from WordNet
1
forehand (n.)
(sports) a return made with the palm of the hand facing the direction of the stroke (as in tennis or badminton or squash);
Synonyms: forehand stroke / forehand shot
2
forehand (adj.)
(of racket strokes) made with palm facing direction of stroke;
Synonyms: forehanded
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