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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.
  1. rotating counterclockwise.
  2. noting a helical or spiral member, as a gear tooth or screw thread, that twists counterclockwise as it recedes from an observer.
5.
Building Trades. left-hand (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 left hand:
He writes left-handed.
10.
toward the left hand; in a counterclockwise direction:
The strands of the rope are laid left-handed.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see left1, handed
Related forms
left-handedly, adverb
left-handedness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for left-handedness

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
Derived Forms
left-handedly, adverb
left-handedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for left-handedness

left-handed

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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left-handedness in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for left-handedness

left-handed

adjective
  1. Undesirable; unlucky (1940s+ Merchant marine)
  2. Irregular; illicit; dubious: left-handed honeymoons with someone else's husband (1612+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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left-handedness in the Bible

(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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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