[ rahyt-han-did ]
/ ˈraɪtˈhæn dɪd /


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.

Nearby words

  1. right-footer,
  2. right-hand,
  3. right-hand buoy,
  4. right-hand man,
  5. right-hand rule,
  6. right-handedness,
  7. right-hander,
  8. right-laid,
  9. right-minded,
  10. right-of-center

Origin of right-handed

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400

Related formsright-hand·ed·ness, noun

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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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Medicine definitions for right-handed



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

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