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[rahyt-han-did] /ˈraɪtˈhæn dɪd/
having the right hand or arm more serviceable than the left; using the right hand by preference:
a right-handed painter.
adapted to or performed by the right hand:
a right-handed lever; right-handed penmanship.
  1. rotating clockwise.
  2. noting a helical, or spiral, member, as a gear tooth or screw thread, that twists clockwise as it recedes from an observer.
Building Trades. right-hand (def 5).
adverb, Also, right-handedly
in a right-handed manner or fashion:
The door opens right-handed.
with the right hand:
She writes right-handed.
toward the right hand or in a clockwise direction:
The strands of the rope are laid right-handed.
Origin of right-handed
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400
Related forms
right-handedness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for right-handed
Historical Examples
  • By a Juryman: I do not say the cuts could not have been made by a right-handed person.

    The Big Bow Mystery I. Zangwill
  • It is just possible the cut was made with the left hand, but then the deceased was right-handed.

    The Big Bow Mystery I. Zangwill
  • Most grizzlies are right-handed; that is, the right fore paw is most used.

    The Grizzly Enos A. Mills
  • This has made us right-handed; it has also made us right-eyed.

    Natural Wonders Edwin Tenney Brewster
  • They were called, respectively, right-handed and left-handed crystals.

    Louis Pasteur Ren Vallery-Radot
  • It branched again and again they avoided the right-handed road.

    The Jewels of Aptor Samuel R. Delany
  • There are in all at this stage seven coils, and the spiral is right-handed.

  • Hans had become a right-handed individual—as it were—as a result of long habit.

    Clever Hans Oskar Pfungst
  • The man was sometimes English and right-handed, and sometimes Welsh and left-handed.

    The Wonderful Visit Herbert George Wells
  • There was nothing to show that he was not a right-handed man.

    Through the Wall Cleveland Moffett
British Dictionary definitions for right-handed


using the right hand with greater skill or ease than the left
performed with the right hand: right-handed writing
made for use by the right hand
worn on the right hand
turning from left to right; clockwise
Derived Forms
right-handedly, adverb
right-handedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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right-handed in Medicine

right-handed adj.
Using the right hand more skillfully or easily than the left.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for right-handed



Heterosexual; straight: He was about 60 percent right-handed and he ended up as a male go-go dancer (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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