Definition of forehand in US English:



  • 1(in tennis and other racket sports) a stroke played with the palm of the hand facing in the direction of the stroke.

    as modifier ‘a good forehand drive’
    • ‘The cable fly is also a great exercise for racket sports such as tennis, racquetball, squash and badminton when executing the forehand stroke.’
    • ‘Batting in softball, teeing off in golf and hitting a forehand in tennis also require the type of muscle conditioning provided by this exercise.’
    • ‘A slice of fortune and a rasping forehand drive earns the Moroccan three break points.’
    • ‘Behind the pavilion, tennis players traded forehands and backhands on the red courts that spread beneath the canopy of trees in the Edinburgh Gardens.’
    • ‘At the same time, I wanted her right forearm to roll over as if she were hitting a forehand topspin shot in tennis.’
  • 2The part of a horse in front of the saddle.

    • ‘Some horses never completely catch up and stay built downhill, or what we call on their forehand, their whole lives.’
    • ‘Keep your balance back off their forehand, in order to help them lift their front end.’
    • ‘It will then never be able to get light on the forehand as it is being taught the opposite.’