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.

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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Examples from the Web for right-hand

Contemporary Examples of right-hand

Historical Examples of right-hand

  • It was a voice behind him saying—“This is the way, walk ye in it,” now that he was turning aside to the right-hand or to the left.

    St. Winifred's

    Frederic W. Farrar

  • The Secret Service agents on the right-hand side of the159 followup car are looking back and to their right.

    Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

  • His body, so tradition states, was buried on the right-hand side of the high altar in the church.

  • In this tangled nook Lees right-hand man was shot through a terrible mistake of his own soldiers.

    The Civil War Through the Camera

    Henry W. (Henry William) Elson

  • He must knock at the little door on the right-hand side of the landing there.

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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