\ ˈrīt-ˌhand How to pronounce right-hand (audio) \

Definition of right-hand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : situated on the right
3 : chiefly relied on his right-hand man

right hand


Definition of right hand (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the hand on a person's right side
b : an indispensable person
2a : the right side
b : a place of honor

Examples of right-hand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And those can't be attempted in earnest until Woodruff regains the feeling in his index, middle and ring fingers on his right hand. Todd Rosiak, Journal Sentinel, 11 June 2022 The middleweight champion broke the pinky on his right hand in three places in that win and couldn't hit anything during training for six months. Matt Young, Chron, 7 June 2022 Adonis Lattimore, a 17-year-old Virginia high school senior, was born without a right leg, a partial left leg, and one finger on his right hand. Allison Moses, USA TODAY, 20 May 2022 The ball — hit with a 105.9 mph exit velocity — ricocheted off Pineda's middle finger on his right hand and was fielded by second baseman Jonathan Schoop. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 14 May 2022 Infielder Gabriel Arias, on the fast track to the big leagues, underwent surgery on his right hand Thursday and will miss six to eight weeks. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 5 May 2022 The warrant, however, also says that gunshot residue was found on Bromley’s right hand. Jesse Leavenworth, Hartford Courant, 5 May 2022 During a pivotal moment in her testimony, streamed by Court TV, Heard told her side of the story about a 2015 fight that left Depp’s middle finger disfigured on his right hand. Christi Carrasstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2022 The Completedworks ring is worn on her left hand, and the Darius ring is worn on her right hand; not vice versa. New York Times, 24 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of right-hand


1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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More Definitions for right-hand


\ ˈrīt-ˌhand \

Kids Definition of right-hand

1 : located on the right side
3 : relied on most of all He's her right-hand man.


\ ˈrīt-ˌhand How to pronounce right-hand (audio) \

Medical Definition of right-hand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : situated on the right

right hand


Medical Definition of right hand (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the hand on a person's right side
2 : the right side

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