\ 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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After all, Suter is a soft-tossing lefty who usually tops out at 86-87 mph and throws far more changeups (13%) than Peralta. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hitters know the Brewers' Freddy Peralta is going to throw high fastballs, but they aren't easy to hit," 25 June 2018 With the game tied at 4 in the bottom of the seventh, the lefty-hitting Bour went the other way again belting a first-pitch fastball from reliever Jacob Rhame into the Marlins’ bullpen to give Miami a 6-4 edge. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Justin Bour’s bat wakes up, but Marlins let two leads slip away in loss to Mets | Miami Herald," 10 Apr. 2018 The Democratic leadership tends to divide candidates into centrists, who can win in marginal districts, and lefties, who are fine in safe seats but will lose otherwise winnable ones. The Economist, "Fork in the roadShould the party move to the left or to the centre?," 12 July 2018 Cimber learned how to better get lefties out, spent another year in the minors, and then made the Padres’ big league roster out of spring training this past March. Ray Glier, USA TODAY, "Ups and downs of minor league bullpens," 5 July 2018 The 20-year-old lefty, however, likely isn’t ready to play now. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Here's who makes the most sense for the Pacers in the NBA Draft," 19 June 2018 Rom, a 6-foot-2 senior lefty, was selected Tuesday in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Baltimore Orioles. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Baltimore Orioles pick Drew Rom leads Highands in state tourney opener," 8 June 2018 Meyer, a 25-year old lefty, is 3-4 with a 4.09 ERA in 10 starts (50 2/3 innings) at New Orleans with 39 strikeouts and 14 walks. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Miami Marlins load up on pitching, athletic players in first draft under Derek Jeter," 7 June 2018 Baldwin is an avowed lefty, but weirdly enough, the defenders of humanity here are all right-wingers. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Chicago Underground Film Festival: Tribulation 99," 7 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

: 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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