\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Power lefty reliever Burl Carraway of Dallas Baptist might be the closest to ready player in this year’s draft. Dallas News, "MLB draft tracker: Texas A&M, Oklahoma lead the way with three players drafted," 12 June 2020 Tivy coach Chris Russ, a pitcher who helped lead A&M to the 1999 College World Series, began mentoring Lacy when the lefty was 8 years old. Brent Zwerneman, ExpressNews.com, "Asa Lacy of Texas A&M goes to Kansas City Royals with fourth pick in MLB draft," 10 June 2020 Hayes is a lefty who is an average athlete, but can really pass it and knows how to play. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "NBA mock draft: Phoenix Suns' expanding options include Cole Anthony, Tyrese Haliburton," 1 June 2020 When Posey needs a full game off, and the Giants are facing a lefty, sic Pence on the pitcher. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants have several solid options if MLB makes the DH universal in 2020," 18 May 2020 Several fellow stars agree with the Tampa Bay Rays lefty, including Bryce Harper. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper on Blake Snell comments: 'He's speaking the truth'," 15 May 2020 In December, his first matchup against one of his idols -- Houston Rockets MVP James Harden -- Porter dueled the lethal lefty down the stretch, going shot for shot and earning Harden’s respect. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Kevin Porter Jr.'s rapid rise, from erratic rookie to potential franchise cornerstone, isn’t surprising to Cleveland Cavaliers," 4 Mar. 2020 The lefty, who was arbitration-eligible this season, was outrighted last month by the Tigers. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Twins sign three minor league deals," 26 Nov. 2019 If healthy, Sabathia would certainly give Boone multiple options — a one (lefty) batter in the mid innings, or possibly an entire inning early on if one of his starters really falters. Bill Madden, courant.com, "Length from starters is the only area Yankees seek major upgrade heading into ALCS," 11 Oct. 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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23 Jun 2020

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“Lefty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lefty. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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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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