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[rahy-tee] /ˈraɪ ti/ Informal.
noun, plural righties.
a right-handed person; right-hander:
She's a righty.
with the right hand; right-handed:
to sketch righty.
a righty pitcher.
Origin of righty
An Americanism dating back to 1945-50; right + -y2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "He had the luck not to hit anything, but he suffered just the same," said righty.

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  • "You may if you will do whatever we tell you, and admit that you are a Dormouse," said righty.

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  • righty held this one under his claw and Tom, while trying to get a word out of his friend, caught sight of it.

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  • And righty said never a word, but the look in his eye indicated that he thought there was something in the notion.

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  • "All righty; but I'd shore like ter git a crack at some o' them mavericks," said Bud grudgingly.

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  • "Poor dull Dormouse," said righty, with a smile that was half of mirth and half sympathy.

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British Dictionary definitions for righty


noun (informal) (pl) riɡhties
a riɡht-winger
(mainly US & Canadian) a riɡht-handed person
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for righty

"right-handed person," 1949, from right (adj.2) + -y (3).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for righty



A right-handed person, esp a baseball player; northpaw (1940s+)

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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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