[ rahyt-han-der, -han- ]
/ ˈraɪtˈhæn dər, -ˌhæn- /


a person who is right-handed, especially a baseball pitcher who throws with the right hand.
  1. a slap or punch delivered with the right hand.
  2. a throw or toss, as in basketball, made with the right hand.

Origin of right-hander

First recorded in 1855–60
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Examples from the Web for right-hander

  • Senators manager Bucky Harris signaled to the bullpen to send in a right-hander named Paul Hopkins.

    Babe Ruth’s Summer of Records|Bill Bryson|September 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
  • Rupert dodged and tried to close: but at that moment another figure dashed between the two men and delivered a right-hander.

    The Mandarin's Fan|Fergus Hume
  • The edge that was deepest burned was on the other side from what it usually is when a right-hander does it.

  • The monkey-faced polypus replied not a word, but delivered a right-hander that might have felled a small horse.

British Dictionary definitions for right-hander



a blow with the right hand
a person who is right-handed
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