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  1. on the right.
  2. of, for, or with the right hand.
  3. most reliable, valuable, or useful, as a helper or assistant.
  4. plain-laid.
  5. 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

  1. the hand that is on the right side, or the side opposite that where the heart is.
  2. the right side, as of a person, especially this side considered as the side of precedence or courtesy.
  3. a position of honor or special trust.
  4. 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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Contemporary Examples of right-hand

Historical Examples of right-hand

  • He turned his back on Belle Langdon and went down the right-hand steps.


    W. A. Fraser

  • He remembered that the pilocarpin was at the right-hand end--or was it the left?

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • Only, Miss, one of the fingers of your right-hand, if you please to look at it.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Find the 317th page, Davy, and begin at the top of the right-hand column.

    The Village Watch-Tower

    (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin

  • To lose you, sir, would be like losing the house's right-hand.

British Dictionary definitions for right-hand


adjective (prenominal)
  1. of, relating to, located on, or moving towards the righta right-hand bend; this car has right-hand drive
  2. for use by the right hand; right-handed
  3. 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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