- a person who is left-handed.
- a player who throws with the left hand, especially a pitcher.
- Boxing.a boxer who leads with the right hand and stands with the right foot forward, using the left hand for the most powerful blows.
Origin of southpaw
Examples from the Web for southpaw
The four-part story of Henry Wiggen begins with The Southpaw, which was published a year after The Natural.The 13 Best Baseball Books: From ‘The Art of Fielding’ to ‘Moneyball’
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The Chicagos have never been able to do much against his southpaw slants.Baseball Joe, Captain of the Team
He was seeking to get at the southpaw with his bare left hand!
He surveyed the southpaw from head to foot with apparent interest.
“That may have been an accidental meeting,” said the southpaw.
The principal question was whether the southpaw could “go the distance.”
- a boxer who leads with his right hand and off his right foot as opposed to the orthodox style of leading with the left
- any left-handed person
- of or relating to a southpaw
Word Origin and History for southpaw
"lefthander," 1885, originally baseball slang, of pitchers, often said to have been coined by Finley Peter Dunne ("Mr. Dooley"), Chicago sports journalist and humorist, in the days when, it is said, baseball diamonds regularly were laid out with home plate to the west. But south paw "a person's left hand" is attested from 1848 in the slang of pugilism.