View synonyms for right-handed


[ rahyt-han-did ]


  1. having the right hand or arm more serviceable than the left; using the right hand by preference:

    a right-handed painter.

  2. adapted to or performed by the right hand:

    a right-handed lever; right-handed penmanship.

  3. Machinery.
    1. rotating clockwise.
    2. noting a helical, or spiral, member, as a gear tooth or screw thread, that twists clockwise as it recedes from an observer.
  4. Building Trades. right-hand ( def 5 ).


  1. in a right-handed manner or fashion:

    The door opens right-handed.

  2. with the right hand:

    She writes right-handed.

  3. toward the right hand or in a clockwise direction:

    The strands of the rope are laid right-handed.



  1. using the right hand with greater skill or ease than the left
  2. performed with the right hand

    right-handed writing

  3. made for use by the right hand
  4. worn on the right hand
  5. turning from left to right; clockwise

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Derived Forms

  • ˌright-ˈhandedly, adverb
  • ˌright-ˈhandedness, noun

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Other Words From

  • right-handed·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of right-handed1

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400

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Example Sentences

Titanic, shooting right-handed, lost a close golf match to an amateur who played in the 90s.

Apparently, a fair number of left-handed people die each year from using right-handed products incorrectly.

I sawed under limbs and over limbs, right-handed and left-handed, standing on my feet and on my head.

He excelled all competitors in school and was generally rated the best right-handed pitcher in the metropolitan district.

Of course there might be left-handed piano players, but certainly all the fiddlers and all the conductors are right-handed.

You hold your own pipe to the lamp, and see how naturally you, being right-handed, hold the left side to the flame.

Godfrey leapt to his feet, and springing forward struck the bully a right-handed blow straight from the shoulder.





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