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lefty

1

or left·ie

[lef-tee]
noun, plural left·ies. Informal.
  1. a left-handed person.
  2. a leftist.
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Origin of lefty

1
First recorded in 1925–30; left1 + -y2

lefty

2
[lef-tee]Informal.
adjective
  1. left-handed.
  2. leftist; left-wing.
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adverb
  1. with the left hand; in a left-handed manner: He bats lefty.
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Origin of lefty

2
First recorded in 1885–90; left1 + -y1

Grove

[grohv]
noun
  1. Sir George,1820–1900, English musicologist.
  2. Robert MosesLefty, 1900–75, U.S. baseball player.
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Carlton

[kahrl-tuh n]
noun
  1. Stephen NormanSteveLefty, born 1944, U.S. baseball player.
  2. a male given name.
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Historical Examples of lefty

  • Lefty threw the unused part of the deck to the center of the table.

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  • Down in Texas you could get shot for a crack like that, Lefty!

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  • Lefty is a cheap grandstander, and I'll settle with him myself.

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  • "Why, this Lodge," Lefty said, waving a hand around loosely.

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  • Lefty was all guts now that I was hung up on the gun barrel.

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British Dictionary definitions for lefty

lefty

noun plural lefties informal
  1. a left-winger
  2. mainly US and Canadian a left-handed person
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Carlton

noun
  1. a town in N central England, in S Nottinghamshire. Pop: 48 493 (2001)
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grove

noun
  1. a small wooded area or plantation
    1. a road lined with houses and often trees, esp in a suburban area
    2. (capital as part of a street name)Ladbroke Grove
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Word Origin for grove

Old English grāf; related to grǣfa thicket, greave, Norwegian greivla to intertwine
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Word Origin and History for lefty

n.

"left-handed person," 1886, American English, baseball slang, from left + -y (3). Political sense by 1935.

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grove

n.

Old English graf "grove, copse" (akin to græafa "thicket"), from Proto-Germanic *graibo-, but not certainly found in other Germanic languages and with no known cognates anywhere else.

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