- a player who throws with the left hand, especially a pitcher.
- 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.
Origin of southpaw
Examples from the Web for southpaw
The four-part story of Henry Wiggen begins with The Southpaw, which was published a year after The Natural.The 13 Best Baseball Books: From ‘The Art of Fielding’ to ‘Moneyball’|Jimmy So|April 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Like a flash the southpaw whirled about and shot the ball to second, knowing some one would be there to take the throw.
There had been a time when Morse could scare the Camden players with his speed and fool them with his "southpaw" delivery.Frank Merriwell's Cruise|Burt L. Standish
All three of the thugs would be at the southpaw again in another jiffy.
Word Origin for southpaw
"lefthander," 1885, originally baseball slang, of pitchers, often said to have been coined by Finley Peter Dunne ("Mr. Dooley"), Chicago sports journalist and humorist, in the days when, it is said, baseball diamonds regularly were laid out with home plate to the west. But south paw "a person's left hand" is attested from 1848 in the slang of pugilism.