\ ˈlef-tē How to pronounce lefty (audio) \
plural lefties

Definition of lefty

2 : an advocate of leftism

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lefty adjective

Examples of lefty in a Sentence

Our starting pitcher is a lefty.

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The 27-year-old lefty boasts a 3.41 ERA over his last six GS. Skip Snow, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates odds, picks and best bets," 7 Sep. 2019 But the low-ball-hitting lefty in my generation was a very tough out for me. Los Angeles Times, "James Harden knows why he didn’t win the MVP award," 22 Aug. 2019 If lefties were somehow weaker, Christman thought, evolution would've thinned their numbers by now. Sam Fortier, courant.com, "Why aren’t there any left-handed quarterbacks in the NFL?," 15 Aug. 2019 Using a strong cutter, the lefty quickly worked himself into the Twins’ rotation, and stayed there. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "After another rough outing, could Martin Perez be on his way out of Twins’ rotation?," 7 Aug. 2019 In his last outing before this one, the lefty yielded six runs in five innings for Durham against Gwinnett. David Ginsburg, orlandosentinel.com, "Perfect for 8 innings, Rays settle for 4-1 road win over Orioles," 14 July 2019 At 1-over, the 48-year-old lefty was six shots behind clubhouse leaders Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele and Louis Oosthuizen. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Phil Mickelson Misses an Impossibly Short Putt at the U.S. Open," 13 June 2019 Where Hernandez once struggled to hit lefties, the great conflict of Piniella's story arc is his volcanic temper. Steve Rushin, SI.com, "Keith Hernandez, Lou Piniella Focus on Humanity, Not Glory, in New Memoirs," 16 May 2018 Hall, a lefty, worked out of Blaine Hardy’s jam in the ninth inning. Chris Nelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers remain one play, one pitch short in 5-3 loss to White Sox," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of lefty

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of lefty was in 1886

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English Language Learners Definition of lefty

chiefly British, disapproving : a person who supports liberal or socialist political policies


\ ˈlef-tē How to pronounce lefty (audio) \
plural lefties

Kids Definition of lefty

: a left-handed person

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