Definition of left-handed in English:

left-handed

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adjective

  • 1(Of a person) using the left hand more naturally than the right: a left-handed batsman
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    • It's one thing to be able to draw a gun, but it's another thing to be able to do it with your left hand if you're not left-handed.
    • One thing I can't do is forge his signature, largely because he's left-handed and I'm not.
    • He didn't understand why everyone was so interested to see him write, and the judge pointed out that he was left-handed.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1(Of a tool or item of equipment) made to be used with the left hand: left-handed golf clubs
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    • At the time of writing, there are very few left-handed instruments being stocked in York.
    • Now the interesting bit is that the left-handed ones have hooks, and the right-handed ones have ridges.
    • Even though I grew up in Canada, where there are more left-handed golfers than in the States, left-handed equipment wasn't readily available.
  • 1.2Made or done with the left hand: my left-handed scrawl
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    • He wasn't at all strong at left-handed techniques, whereas Keziah had been told from a very early age that there were no lefts and rights in fighting.
  • 2(Of a screw) advanced by turning anticlockwise.
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    • The screw arm has right-handed threads on one side of the brass wheel and left-handed threads on the other.
  • 2.1 Biology (Of a spiral shell or helix) sinistral.
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    • Recent structural experiments have suggested that the domain may also contain left-handed polyproline helices.
    • In fact, a wide range of structural proteins have coils in which two or three helices are wound around each other to form a left-handed superhelix conformation.
    • It customarily refers to the number of monomers in one turn of actin's left-handed helix.
  • 2.2(Of a racecourse) turning anticlockwise: Newbury’s left-handed track
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    • It is a left-handed, wide track suited to powerful gallopers and is seen as being flat and fair.
    • We are hoping that he will be happier at Cheltenham with its left-handed track and a bigger hill.
    • A left-handed track, it is situated on the Welsh side of the border with England.
  • 3Perverse: we take a left-handed pleasure in our errors
  • 3.1(Especially of a compliment) ambiguous.
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    • It may seem a left-handed compliment to say The Industry Standard was by far the best and most professional of this lot, but I mean it sincerely.
    • There is nothing Mosley takes for granted about Wright, giving what might be a left-handed compliment in saying Winky sometimes fights to the level of his competition.
    • What I just said could be considered a left-handed compliment.
    Synonyms
    backhanded, ambiguous, equivocal, uncertain, double-meaning, double-edged; dubious, indirect, enigmatic, cryptic, paradoxical, ironic, sardonic, insincere, hypocritical

adverb

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  • With the left hand: a significant number play the game left-handed
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    • Schaffer had Murray hit left-handed every other day before home games for about three weeks.
    • Michael twisted painfully out of the way and swung his sword left-handed in an awkward but powerful arc.
    • He bowled the following season left-handed and even bowled three regionals as a lefty, but had no luck.

Derivatives

left-handedly

adverb

left-handedness

noun
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  • Researchers have posed various theories about the causes of left-handedness.
  • Right- or left-handedness then develops, with the dominant hand achieving better fine motor skills and greater strength.
  • Having written about left-handedness in the past, I knew that in less enlightened times left-handed infants were often forced to use their right.

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