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.
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.
- left-hand·ed·ly, adverb
- left-hand·ed·ness, noun
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How to use left-handed in a sentence
Besides, he was left-handed, and top-notch left-handed golfers are almost as rare as left-handed catchers.
Next day, he bet the winner double their first bet that he could beat him playing left-handed.
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 | Andrew Carter | March 30, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yes, especially as the doctors agree that Mr. Adams was killed by a left-handed blow.The Circular Study | Anna Katharine Green
I sawed under limbs and over limbs, right-handed and left-handed, standing on my feet and on my head.The Idyl of Twin Fires | Walter Prichard Eaton
The king he give me a left-handed look out of the corner of his eye, and so I knowed enough to talk on the right side.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Of course there might be left-handed piano players, but certainly all the fiddlers and all the conductors are right-handed.The Boy Grew Older | Heywood Broun
This thread is a left-handed thread and must be cut with the left dies.Elements of Plumbing | Samuel Dibble
British Dictionary definitions for left-handed
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 ambiguous: a left-handed compliment
turning from right to left; anticlockwise
law another term for morganatic
with the left hand
- left-handedly, adverb
- left-handedness, noun
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