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southpaw

[south-paw]Informal.
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noun
  1. a person who is left-handed.
  2. 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.
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adjective
  1. left-handed.
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Origin of southpaw

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; south + paw1
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southpaw

noun
  1. a boxer who leads with his right hand and off his right foot as opposed to the orthodox style of leading with the left
  2. any left-handed person
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adjective
  1. of or relating to a southpaw
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Word Origin

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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Word Origin and History for southpaw

n.

"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.

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