on the right.
of, for, or with the right hand.
most reliable, valuable, or useful, as a helper or assistant.
Also right-handed. Building Trades.
  1. (of a door) having the hinges on the right when seen from the exterior of the building, room, closet, etc., to which the doorway leads.
  2. (of a casement sash) having the hinges on the right when seen from inside the window.

Nearby words

  1. right-down,
  2. right-eyed,
  3. right-eyed flounder,
  4. right-footed,
  5. right-footer,
  6. right-hand buoy,
  7. right-hand man,
  8. right-hand rule,
  9. right-handed,
  10. right-handedness

Origin of right-hand

adj. use of right hand

right hand


the hand that is on the right side, or the side opposite that where the heart is.
the right side, as of a person, especially this side considered as the side of precedence or courtesy.
a position of honor or special trust.
an extremely efficient or reliable person or, sometimes, tool, especially a person considered as one's assistant.

Origin of right hand

before 1000; Middle English; Old English

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British Dictionary definitions for right-hand


adjective (prenominal)

of, relating to, located on, or moving towards the righta right-hand bend; this car has right-hand drive
for use by the right hand; right-handed
right-hand man one's most valuable assistant or supporter
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Word Origin and History for right-hand

right hand


Old English rihthand; see right (adj.2) + hand (n.). Figurative for "indispensable person," 1520s; right-hand man first attested 1660s. Right-handed attested from late 14c.

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