left field


Definition of left field 

1 : the position of the player defending left field

2 : the part of the baseball outfield to the left looking out from the plate

3a : a state or position far from the mainstream (as of prevailing opinion) they were really out in left field with that idea

b : a source of the unexpected or illogical that question came out of left field

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from left field

left fielder noun

Examples of left field in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Molina ignited the Cardinals’ four-run first inning with a two-run single to center off Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray and then blasted his 12th homer deep into the seats in left field during the sixth inning. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Torey Lovullo and Yadier Molina meet to clear the air, but Cardinals get the last word," 2 July 2018 Andrew Niccol in left field, made a diving play, showed him the ball. Andrew Turner, latimes.com, "Newport Beach PONY throws combined no-hitter," 28 June 2018 His next pitch was way high and, after a foul ball, Grenier sent a drive into left field to score Clayton. Eric Olson, Houston Chronicle, "Oregon State forces Game 3 at College World Series; Arkansas laments blown chance," 28 June 2018 His next pitch was way high and, after a foul ball, Grenier sent a drive into left field to score Clayton. Eric Olson, chicagotribune.com, "Oregon St. wins 5-3 to force Game 3 in College World Series finals; Hogs crying over foul," 27 June 2018 Gallo spent Sunday at designated hitter rather than at first base or in left field the day after exiting early after a third-inning double. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Is anyone untouchable ahead of this year's trade deadline?," 24 June 2018 Cruz hit his 17th home run of the season in the fourth, sending a 3-2 fastball from Martinez 442 feet into the upper deck in left field to trim Seattle's deficit to 5-1. Erik Erickson, courant.com, "Red Sox Hit Three Homers In Rout Of Mariners," 17 June 2018 His two-run shot that bounced off the Globe Life Park fence in left field and into the crowd gave the Rangers a three-run advantage the Royals could only chip at in an 8-4 loss for KC. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Home runs do in Eric Skoglund as Royals lose to Rangers | The Kansas City Star," 25 May 2018 The game ended with Jeimer Candelario rounding third base and JaCoby Jones rounding first as a loud fly ball died on the warning track in left field. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Tigers' growing pains aren't easy but Gardenhire is proud of fight," 14 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'left field.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of left field

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about left field

Share left field

Statistics for left field

Last Updated

17 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for left field

The first known use of left field was in 1857

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for left field

left field


English Language Learners Definition of left field

: the part of a baseball outfield that is to the left when you are looking out from home plate; also : the position of the player defending left field

More from Merriam-Webster on left field

See words that rhyme with left field

Comments on left field

What made you want to look up left field? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a generally accepted meaning of a word

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!