\ 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

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Ashlyn Harris continued to stand stalwart between the posts for the Pride, knocking away the Red Stars’ best chance of the game with an off-balanced swat of her right hand. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride relies on versatility as backline copes with loss of top defenders," 23 Aug. 2019 Javon Wims took a big-time gamble with the health of his right hand during Tuesday morning’s practice, the first for the Bears since returning to Halas Hall. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "Tempers flare as Javon Wims and Prince Amukamara fight at Bears practice: ‘Sometimes the juices get flowing’," 12 Aug. 2019 Just a minute later, Sebastian Dalgaard took a shot from just outside the box that drifted just wide of goalkeeper Evan Louro’s right hand and into the corner of the net, and Hartford had a 1-0 lead. Jonah Dylan, courant.com, "Hartford Athletic marred by two red cards on one play in ugly 5-1 loss to New York Red Bulls II," 10 Aug. 2019 Weeks had previously served as Lourey’s right hand on human services for several years in the Senate when Lourey chaired the health and human services committee. Dave Orrick, Twin Cities, "Head spinning over Minnesota DHS drama? Here’s a timeline and cast of characters.," 17 July 2019 One executive believes Sabonis is the keeper because of his toughness and suggests his limitations on offense (lack of 3-point shot, no right hand) are easily fixed with hard work. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Consensus opinion around NBA is Pacers made right call taking Goga Bitadze," 16 July 2019 In his first Twitter post since revealing the news of Beth's hospitalization, Duane shared a close-up photo of her right hand, adorned in medical wristbands and an IV but meticulously manicured with rhinestones and fake nails. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "'Dog the Bounty Hunter' star Duane Chapman offers fans an update amid wife Beth's medically-induced coma," 24 June 2019 The man was shot in the right side of his chest, his shoulder blade, his right knee, his right shoulder, his right hand, his left knee and his left foot. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Cleveland EMS dispatcher, supervisor suspended one day for refusing to send ambulance for man shot 16 times," 27 Feb. 2018 Cam Bedrosian just happens to throw with his right hand. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, "Cam Bedrosian is Angels’ situational lefty even though he’s right-handed," 29 July 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of right-hand

: located closer to your right hand : located on the right side
: made for the 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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