\ˈlef-tē \
plural lefties

Definition of lefty 

2 : an advocate of leftism

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lefty adjective

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Our starting pitcher is a lefty.

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The 25-year-old lefty was Seattle’s 2013 17th-round draft pick out of St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron, Mich. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "Improved left-hander Paul Fry taking advantage of opportunity with Orioles," 11 July 2018 The lefty survived some ineffectiveness before an injury felled him, but since returning has a 9.64 ERA and 1.92 WHIP over 9 1/3 innings. Lawr Michaels, USA TODAY, "Fantasy baseball sizzlers, fizzlers: Andrew Heaney, Nate Eovaldi surging," 10 July 2018 Especially with his slider, the usually precise lefty has been erratic. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Wil Myers' homer matters this time, Padres down Diamondbacks in 16," 8 July 2018 If healthy, the 30-year-old lefty could help the Phillies as another late-inning reliever. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "Manny Machado isn't the only Orioles player with ties to Phillies officials," 4 July 2018 Suter's three mound dives Brent Suter's dive-and-roll-and-dive-again June 27 against the Royals is probably the best of these three plays, but the athletic lefty has made a number of great plays off the mound. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The top 15 plays by the Milwaukee Brewers this season," 30 June 2018 The 6-foot-5 lefty had shown glimpses of greatness the previous two seasons by using his long limbs to hit the upper 80s with his fastball despite fleeting command. Rich Mayor, chicagotribune.com, "Maine East lefty Antoine Kelly embraces 'potential' after being drafted by San Diego Padres," 21 June 2018 Conley, who made 56 starts for Miami over the previous three seasons, has been effective as the lone lefty option out of the bullpen. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Kyle Barraclough quietly makes mark as Marlins closer with scoreless inning streak," 14 June 2018 Burnett, who could give the Marlins’ a lefty option possibly out of the bullpen later in the season, will start in extended spring training. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "The Marlins’ chances of having this shortstop back by Opening Day are improving. Here’s why. | Miami Herald," 17 Mar. 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

: 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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