left-handed

[ left-han-did ]
/ ˈlɛftˈhæn dɪd /

adjective

adverb

with the left hand: He writes left-handed.
toward the left hand; in a counterclockwise direction: The strands of the rope are laid left-handed.

Nearby words

  1. left-footed,
  2. left-footer,
  3. left-hand,
  4. left-hand buoy,
  5. left-hand dagger,
  6. left-handed compliment,
  7. left-handedness,
  8. left-hander,
  9. left-laid,
  10. left-luggage office

Origin of left-handed

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at left1, handed

Related formsleft-hand·ed·ly, adverbleft-hand·ed·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for left-handed

left-handed

adjective

adverb

with the left hand
Derived Formsleft-handedly, adverbleft-handedness, noun

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Word Origin and History for left-handed

left-handed

adj.

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.

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Medicine definitions for left-handed

left-handed

adj.

Using the left hand more skillfully or easily than the right.

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