[left-han-did] /ˈlɛftˈhæn dɪd/
having the left hand more dominant or effective than the right; preferably using the left hand:
a left-handed pitcher.
adapted to or performed by the left hand:
a left-handed tool; a left-handed tennis serve.
situated on the side of the left hand.
Building Trades. (def 3).
ambiguous or doubtful and often unfavorable or derogatory by implication:
a left-handed compliment.
clumsy or awkward.
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.
with the hand:
He writes left-handed.
toward the hand; in a counterclockwise direction:
The strands of the rope are laid left-handed.
using the left hand with greater ease than the right
performed with the left hand
designed or adapted for use by the left hand
worn on the left hand
awkward or clumsy
ironically ambiguous: a left-handed compliment
turning from right to left; anticlockwise
(law) another term for morganatic
with the left hand
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.
Using the left hand more skillfully or easily than the right.
(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.
- Left-handed compliment
A compliment with two meanings, one of which is unflattering to the receiver: “The senator said that her opponent was quite competent for someone so inexperienced; you hear nothing but left-handed compliments in these debates.” noun phrase Praise that is subtle dispraise; reluctant and dubious praise: Telling her she has the constitution of a horse […]
- Left-handed monkey wrench
noun A nonexistent tool left nut Related Terms gripe one’s ass
[left-han-der, -han-] /ˈlɛftˈhæn dər, -ˌhæn-/ noun 1. a person who is , especially a baseball pitcher who throws with the left hand. 2. Informal. a slap or punch delivered with the left hand. noun 1. a blow with the left hand 2. a left-handed person
- Left heart
left heart n. The left atrium and left ventricle.