Left-handed



[left-han-did] /ˈlɛftˈhæn dɪd/

adjective
1.
having the left hand more dominant or effective than the right; preferably using the left hand:
a left-handed pitcher.
2.
adapted to or performed by the left hand:
a left-handed tool; a left-handed tennis serve.
3.
situated on the side of the left hand.
4.
Machinery.

5.
Building Trades. (def 3).
6.
ambiguous or doubtful and often unfavorable or derogatory by implication:
a left-handed compliment.
7.
clumsy or awkward.
8.
of, relating to, or issuing from a morganatic marriage: so called from the custom, in morganatic marriage ceremonies, of having the bridegroom give his left hand to the bride.
adverb
9.
with the hand:
He writes left-handed.
10.
toward the hand; in a counterclockwise direction:
The strands of the rope are laid left-handed.
adjective
1.
using the left hand with greater ease than the right
2.
performed with the left hand
3.
designed or adapted for use by the left hand
4.
worn on the left hand
5.
awkward or clumsy
6.
ironically ambiguous: a left-handed compliment
7.
turning from right to left; anticlockwise
8.
(law) another term for morganatic
adverb
9.
with the left hand
adj.

late 14c., of persons; 1650s of tools, etc., from left (adj.) + handed. In 15c. it also could mean “maimed.” Sense of “underhanded” is from early 17c., as in left-handed compliment (1787, also attested 1855 in pugilism slang for “a punch with the left fist”), as is that of “illicit” (e.g. left-handed marriage). Related: Left-handedly; left-handedness.

left-handed adj.
Using the left hand more skillfully or easily than the right.

adjective

(Judg. 3:15; 20:16), one unable to use the right hand skilfully, and who therefore uses the left; and also one who uses the left as well as the right, ambidexter. Such a condition of the hands is due to physical causes. This quality was common apparently in the tribe of Benjamin.

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