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[rahyt-han-did] /ˈraɪtˈhæn dɪd/
having the right hand or arm more serviceable than the left; using the right hand by preference:
a right-handed painter.
adapted to or performed by the right hand:
a right-handed lever; right-handed penmanship.
  1. rotating clockwise.
  2. noting a helical, or spiral, member, as a gear tooth or screw thread, that twists clockwise as it recedes from an observer.
Building Trades. right-hand (def 5).
adverb, Also, right-handedly
in a right-handed manner or fashion:
The door opens right-handed.
with the right hand:
She writes right-handed.
toward the right hand or in a clockwise direction:
The strands of the rope are laid right-handed.
Origin of right-handed
1350-1400; Middle English
Related forms
right-handedness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for right-handed
  • These are places where the atoms can be arranged either left-handed or right-handed.
  • She was left-handed but always played a regular right-handed guitar, strumming it upside down.
  • First studied dentistry, but being left-handed found difficulty in using right-handed equipment in school.
  • And right-handed ones are more common in the south, according to a new survey.
  • Torsion has different outputs given left-handed versus right-handed inputs.
  • Unlike biological synthesis, chemical synthesis produces a mixture of left- and right-handed molecules.
  • His left arm and leg never fully recovered, and his right hand-he was right-handed-might thereafter shake uncontrollably.
  • The revolver itself was next to her left foot, as if she had dropped it, although she happened to have been right-handed.
  • Previously, drugs were produced in a mixture of equal parts right-handed and left-handed enantiomers.
  • The package even includes a wrist rest and cordless scrolling mouse, though the mouse's design does favor right-handed users.
British Dictionary definitions for right-handed


using the right hand with greater skill or ease than the left
performed with the right hand: right-handed writing
made for use by the right hand
worn on the right hand
turning from left to right; clockwise
Derived Forms
right-handedly, adverb
right-handedness, noun
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right-handed in Medicine

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

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 right-handed



Heterosexual; straight: He was about 60 percent right-handed and he ended up as a male go-go dancer (1970s+)

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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