southpaw

[ south-paw ]
/ ˈsaʊθˌpɔ /
Informal.

noun

a person who is left-handed.
Sports.
  1. a player who throws with the left hand, especially a pitcher.
  2. Boxing. a boxer who leads with the right hand and stands with the right foot forward, using the left hand for the most powerful blows.

adjective

Origin of southpaw

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; south + paw1
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British Dictionary definitions for southpaw

southpaw

/ (ˈsaʊθˌpɔː) informal /

noun

a boxer who leads with his right hand and off his right foot as opposed to the orthodox style of leading with the left
any left-handed person

adjective

of or relating to a southpaw

Word Origin for southpaw

C20: from paw (in the sense: hand): originally a term applied to a left-handed baseball player: perhaps so called because baseball pitchers traditionally face west, so that a left-handed pitcher would throw with the hand on the south side of his body
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