- having the left hand more dominant or effective than the right; preferably using the left hand: a left-handed pitcher.
- adapted to or performed by the left hand: a left-handed tool; a left-handed tennis serve.
- situated on the side of the left hand.
- rotating counterclockwise.
- noting a helical or spiral member, as a gear tooth or screw thread, that twists counterclockwise as it recedes from an observer.
- Building Trades. left-hand(def 3).
- ambiguous or doubtful and often unfavorable or derogatory by implication: a left-handed compliment.
- clumsy or awkward.
- of, relating to, or issuing from a morganatic marriage: so called from the custom, in morganatic marriage ceremonies, of having the bridegroom give his left hand to the bride.
Origin of left-handed
Related Wordsawkward, clumsy, dubious, gauche, insincere, maladroit, sinister, ambilevous, sinistral, southpaw
Examples from the Web for left-handed
Besides, he was left-handed, and top-notch left-handed golfers are almost as rare as left-handed catchers.Portrait of the Consummate Con Man
May 17, 2014
Apparently, a fair number of left-handed people die each year from using right-handed products incorrectly.15 Things More Likely to Happen than Winning Mega Millions
March 30, 2012
It was the elder Dumas who said, "Truth is liable to be left-handed in history."Aztec Land
Maturin M. Ballou
Indeed my innermost feeling, now, is that "The Return" is a left-handed production.Tales of Unrest
Only one, I remember, noticed that I was shot by a left-handed man.The Million-Dollar Suitcase
“I never knew before that you were left-handed,” he returned evasively.Whispering Smith
Frank H. Spearman
If our friend is left-handed, he'll be inconvenienced for a day or two.The Lure of the Mask
- using the left hand with greater ease than the right
- performed with the left hand
- designed or adapted for use by the left hand
- worn on the left hand
- awkward or clumsy
- ironically ambiguousa left-handed compliment
- turning from right to left; anticlockwise
- law another term for morganatic
- with the left hand
Word Origin and History for left-handed
late 14c., of persons; 1650s of tools, etc., from left (adj.) + handed. In 15c. it also could mean "maimed." Sense of "underhanded" is from early 17c., as in left-handed compliment (1787, also attested 1855 in pugilism slang for "a punch with the left fist"), as is that of "illicit" (e.g. left-handed marriage). Related: Left-handedly; left-handedness.
- Using the left hand more skillfully or easily than the right.