having the right hand or arm more serviceable than the left; using the right hand by preference: a right-handed painter.
adapted to or performed by the right hand: a right-handed lever; right-handed penmanship.
  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.
Building Trades. right-hand(def 5).

adverb Also right-hand·ed·ly.

Origin of right-handed

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
Related formsright-hand·ed·ness, noun
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Related Words for right-handed

clockwise, dexter, dextral

Examples from the Web for right-handed

Historical Examples of right-handed

  • By a Juryman: I do not say the cuts could not have been made by a right-handed person.

  • It is just possible the cut was made with the left hand, but then the deceased was right-handed.

  • Most grizzlies are right-handed; that is, the right fore paw is most used.

    The Grizzly

    Enos A. Mills

  • This has made us right-handed; it has also made us right-eyed.

    Natural Wonders

    Edwin Tenney Brewster

  • They were called, respectively, right-handed and left-handed crystals.

    Louis Pasteur

    Ren Vallery-Radot

British Dictionary definitions for right-handed



using the right hand with greater skill or ease than the left
performed with the right handright-handed writing
made for use by the right hand
worn on the right hand
turning from left to right; clockwise
Derived Formsright-handedly, adverbright-handedness, noun
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right-handed in Medicine



Using the right hand more skillfully or easily than the left.
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