\ 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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Cobb was cruising through a lefty-heavy Twins batting order, allowing just three singles over four scoreless innings before giving up two-run homers by Mitch Garver and Eduardo Escobar in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "After blister forces Cobb from game, Orioles optimistic he won't miss next start," 8 July 2018 The rest of the rotation will remain the same — Dallas Keuchel starting Friday's game against Royals lefty Danny Duffy and Lance McCullers Jr. going on Saturday against Ian Kennedy. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole to switch spots in Astros' rotation," 20 June 2018 But the history of lefty challengers running against entrenched incumbents in New York is really, really, really bad. David Freedlander, Daily Intelligencer, "The 28-Year-Old Progressive Hoping to Unseat One of the Top Democrats in Congress," 25 June 2018 And that is not to mention the hard-throwing Tommy Kahnle, the lefty specialist Chasen Shreve and the steady Adam Warren. Wallace Matthews, New York Times, "Yankees’ Bullpen Woes Continue in Loss to Orioles," 5 Apr. 2018 Will Smith, San Francisco Giants The lefty slider specialist was exchanged for pitching prospect Phil Bickford during the 2016 season. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A look at former Brewers on opening day rosters around Major League Baseball," 29 Mar. 2018 The Royals don't want Lovelady to become a lefty specialist. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Which prospects might be part of the Royals future and who might get left behind | The Kansas City Star," 21 Mar. 2018 The decision seems to be between one or both of the lefties making the rotation at the season’s start or being likely call-ups in the season’s opening months. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Clayton Richard remains on track for opening day start for Padres," 13 Mar. 2018 The cutter — a hybrid of a fastball and slider — runs laterally in on the hands of a right-handed hitter when thrown by a lefty. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Billy Connors, Yankee Pitching Guru, Is Dead at 76," 21 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 How to pronounce lefty (audio) \
plural lefties

Kids Definition of lefty

: a left-handed person

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