left-handed

adjective

left-hand·​ed ˈleft-ˈhan-dəd How to pronounce left-handed (audio)
ˈlef-ˈtan-
1
: using the left hand habitually or more easily than the right
also : swinging from left to right
a left-handed batter
2
: relating to, designed for, or done with the left hand
3
4
b
: insincere, backhanded, dubious
a left-handed compliment
5
a
: having a direction contrary to that of the hands of a watch viewed from in front : counterclockwise
b
: having a spiral structure or form that ascends or advances to the left
a left-handed rope
6
: having or being the L-form molecular structure
left-handed adverb
left-handedly adverb
left-handedness noun

Examples of left-handed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To make room on the roster, the Dodgers traded left-handed reliever Caleb Ferguson to the New York Yankees. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2024 Tiburones left-handed pitcher Angel Padron threw the second no-hitter in the history of the Serie del Caribe as Venezuela beat Nicaragua 9-0 on Wednesday. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 8 Feb. 2024 The pitch was implemented to generate a better breaking action against left-handed hitters. Jaylon Thompson, Kansas City Star, 8 Feb. 2024 Kinkade, a 6-foot-3 senior guard, has been shredding defenses for three seasons, most often with his smooth left-handed delivery from the perimeter. Matt Le Cren, Chicago Tribune, 31 Jan. 2024 He was known more as a speedy forward with a penchant to score goals, rather than a left-handed pitcher who could touch 90 mph. Drew Davison -, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 31 Jan. 2024 The 5-foot-8, left-handed guard has walked onto the floor as a starter the past three seasons. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Jan. 2024 Batting left-handed again, the switch-hitter capped the day by going the other way with a two-run home run to left field in the ninth. Lamond Pope, Chicago Tribune, 29 Jan. 2024 In 2018, South Carolina came from behind and beat Tennessee with the help of a one-handed left-handed catch from Samuel for a touchdown to fuel the the comeback. Jerry McDonald, The Mercury News, 27 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of left-handed was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Left-handed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/left-handed. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

left-handed

adjective
left-hand·​ed
ˈleft-ˈhan-dəd
1
: using the left hand more easily than the right
2
: relating to, designed for, or done with the left hand
3
4
: going in or involving a counterclockwise direction
a left-handed screw
left-handed adverb
left-handedly adverb
left-handedness noun
left-hander
-ˈhan-dər
noun

Medical Definition

left-handed

adjective
1
: using the left hand habitually or more easily than the right
2
: relating to, designed for, or done with the left hand
3
: having a direction contrary to that of movement of the hands of a watch viewed from in front
4
left-handed adverb

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