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tennis stroke, 1879 (adj.), 1909 (n.), from fore- + hand (n.). Earlier it meant "position in front or above" (16c.); hence forehanded "prudent, careful of the future" (1640s), hence "well-provided, well-to-do," which lingered longer in New England. Earliest use of the word is in archery, forehand shaft "arrow for shooting straight in front" (1540s).