noun, plural right·ies.

a right-handed person; right-hander: She's a righty.


with the right hand; right-handed: to sketch righty.


right-handed: a righty pitcher.

Origin of righty

An Americanism dating back to 1945–50; right + -y2
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Historical Examples of righty

  • "He had the luck not to hit anything, but he suffered just the same," said Righty.

    Andiron Tales

    John Kendrick Bangs

  • "You may if you will do whatever we tell you, and admit that you are a Dormouse," said Righty.

    Andiron Tales

    John Kendrick Bangs

  • Righty held this one under his claw and Tom, while trying to get a word out of his friend, caught sight of it.

    Andiron Tales

    John Kendrick Bangs

  • And Righty said never a word, but the look in his eye indicated that he thought there was something in the notion.

    Andiron Tales

    John Kendrick Bangs

  • "All righty; but I'd shore like ter git a crack at some o' them mavericks," said Bud grudgingly.

    Ted Strong's Motor Car

    Edward C. Taylor

British Dictionary definitions for righty


noun plural riɡhties informal

a riɡht-winger
mainly US and Canadian a riɡht-handed person
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Word Origin and History for righty

"right-handed person," 1949, from right (adj.2) + -y (3).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper