plural lefties
: an advocate of leftism
lefty adjective

Examples of lefty in a Sentence

Our starting pitcher is a lefty.
Recent Examples on the Web After Taylor Rogers, the only lefty out of the bullpen on the Giants’ 40-man roster is Erik Miller, giving Garrett a good chance to crack the Opening Day bullpen. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 14 Feb. 2024 The 6-7 lefty led the Astros with 20 homers, 8 more than anybody else on the club in 1964. Chuck Murr, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 This is often performed by otherwise progressive young lefties who give themselves a free pass to make fun of, or dismiss, poly. TIME, 9 Feb. 2024 Countless lefties espoused the same blah, blah, blah from the 1930s into the ’50s and beyond. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 8 Feb. 2024 All of the main characters from that group — closer Tanner Scott, setup man Andrew Nardi along with lefties Steven Okert and A.J. Puk (who could get an opportunity to join the rotation) and righties Huascar Brazoban and JT Chargois — return for 2024. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 5 Feb. 2024 The Gunn senior scored a game-high 32 points on a variety of lefty drives, tough jumpers and crafty finishes through traffic. Joseph Dycus, The Mercury News, 4 Feb. 2024 Switch-hitting catcher Edgar Quero is ranked as the White Sox’s No. 3 prospect by, with 24-year-old lefty Ky Bush ranked ninth. Phil Rogers, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Tschetter made a lefty layup to go up by eight, but after that Nkamhoua was the only Wolverine player to score a point until Reed, who battled foul trouble all night, made a layup more than 7 minutes later to give U-M a 46-44 advantage. Detroit Free Press, 12 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Lefty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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