\ 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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When a left-handed hitter comes to bat — and by far more shifting is done against lefties — the Giants might put three defenders on the right side and leave Longoria at third, up on the grass, to take away the bunt. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ old-school players are buying into new-school defensive shifting," 4 July 2019 The sluggers combined to go 0-for-4 with three strikeouts against the lefty. Ryan Kolakowski, The Courier-Journal, "Former Louisville baseball star Brendan McKay was dominant in his Tampa Bay Rays debut," 29 June 2019 Mary Catherine Curran blurted Tuesday as the knee-jerk lefty, while Cody Dove, as a neoconservative, claimed to find Hillary Clinton’s lost emails in his carryout box. Nelson Pressley, Washington Post, "Second City’s latest sketch comedy show takes on Trump, tourists and trolls," 26 June 2019 Tucker Barnhart received the majority of starts against right-handers and Curt Casali started against lefties. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds front office expects to maintain payroll level for 2020 season," 21 June 2019 In 99 plate appearances this year, Pearce is hitting .180/.245/.258, but the team believes that his return to health and availability could allow the team to improve its poor performance thus far against lefties. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "Alex Cora on Bruins’ Stanley Cup run: ‘The city should be proud.’," 14 June 2019 San Diego’s Eric Lauer became the latest lefty to flummox the Phillies. Scott Lauber, https://www.inquirer.com, "Andrew McCutchen is out with torn ACL, Adam Haseley is on the way, and the Phillies are a mess | Extra Innings," 4 June 2019 The lefty has given up 29 earned runs in 23 1/3 innings over eight appearances at Tropicana Field. Mark Didtler, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Rays stay hot at home as Daniel Robertson's walk-off single in the 10th beats Tigers," 9 July 2018 Marco Hernandez, who’d entered the game one inning earlier as a pinch-runner, went with a 1-0 cutter down and away against lefty Jace Fry and sent a grasscutter into the hole between third and short. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "Persistent Red Sox beat back, walk off Chicago," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of lefty

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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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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