left-clicked; left-clicking; left-clicks

transitive + intransitive

: to press the leftmost button on a computer mouse or similar input device
There's an icon but when I left-click on it, I do not have any of the shortcuts I expect.John C. Dvorak
When purchasing an in-store computer, select the Start button, and left-click "Computer." A menu will pop up.Matthew Shepard
compare right-click

Examples of left-click in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Five stands in for left-click, and for right-clicking, hit the plus key. Popular Science, 24 June 2019 Net Installer and then pull the left trigger on your Steam Deck (this functions as a right-click), then move your cursor down to Add to Steam and pull the right trigger (this functions as a left-click). WIRED, 28 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1990, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of left-click was in 1990

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Cite this Entry

“Left-click.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/left-click. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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