I. noun Date: 1657 1. a. a stroke (as in tennis) made with the back of the hand turned in the direction of movement; also the side on which such strokes are made b. a catch (as in baseball) made to the side of the body opposite the hand being used 2. handwriting whose strokes slant downward from left to right II. adjective Date: 1695 made with a backhand <
a backhand tennis stroke
III. adverb or backhanded Date: 1889 with a backhand IV. transitive verb Date: circa 1935 to do, hit, or catch backhand

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