\ ˈlef-tē \
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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For lefties, this is mostly a good thing, as the trackpad doubles as a number pad. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Acer's swivel-display Predator Triton 900 will include Nvidia's mobile RTX graphics," 6 Jan. 2019 Manager wanted Oliver Perez, a LOOGY of some note, to face Votto, who despite his All-Star laurels, has had a dim year v. lefties: .216 BA, .694 OPS in 138 plate appearances. Eh. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds might be lucky AND good," 11 July 2018 Santana had pummeled lefties in previous years, compiling a .937 OPS against them in 2017 and .893 in 2016. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 9, Diamondbacks 2: Offense rolls as team gets off to its best 50-game start ever," 23 May 2018 The Angels lineup is loaded with right-handed batters who hit lefties well, including Mike Trout, Justin Upton and Zack Cozart, all of whom had a wOBA of at least .387 against southpaws in 2017. Mike Barner, SI.com, "MLB DFS Plays for April 11," 11 Apr. 2018 That last point — increased employment — is one reason even Republicans have sometimes supported the EITC, and why some lefties are critical of the program. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Kamala Harris’s new basic income-style bill is so frustratingly close to being great," 19 Oct. 2018 Seattle lefty James Paxton is our top pick to replace Verlander, who doesn't plan to pitch in the All-Star Game because he's scheduled to start two days before. Mike Fitzpatrick, chicagotribune.com, "MLB All-Star Game predictions: Who will start on July 17?," 6 July 2018 In his second career MLB start, lefty Ryan Borucki limited the Tigers to two runs on six hits over seven innings. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers top Blue Jays, 3-2, in 10 inn.; Blaine Hardy earns save," 2 July 2018 After his perfect five-up, five-down outing, lefty Johnny Venters, righthander Matt Andriese, southpaw Jose Alvarado, righthander Diego Castillo and righthander Chaz Roe got the Rays through the eighth inning with a 4-3 lead. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Alex Bregman’s walk-off double gives Astros 12th straight win," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of lefty

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of lefty

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


\ ˈlef-tē \
plural lefties

Kids Definition of lefty

: a left-handed person

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