[left-han-der, -han-]


a person who is left-handed, especially a baseball pitcher who throws with the left hand.
Informal. a slap or punch delivered with the left hand.

Origin of left-hander

First recorded in 1860–65; left-hand + -er1
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Examples from the Web for left-hander

Historical Examples of left-hander

  • The Grizzly was surprised; but he replied with a left-hander that knocked her over like a sack of hay.

    Johnny Bear

    E. T. Seton

  • The left-hander prefers to take the inside engagement, that is to say quarte.

    Secrets of the Sword

    Csar Lecat de Bazancourt

  • The Giants never regard Sallee as a left-hander with men on the bases.

    Pitching in a Pinch

    Christy Mathewson

  • He gave Wood a left-hander in the region of the heart which staggered him.

  • The first man up, a left-hander, rapped a hard twisting liner to right field.

British Dictionary definitions for left-hander



a blow with the left hand
a left-handed person
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