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[south-paw] /ˈsaʊθˌpɔ/ Informal.
a person who is left-handed.
  1. a player who throws with the left hand, especially a pitcher.
  2. Boxing. a boxer who leads with the right hand and stands with the right foot forward, using the left hand for the most powerful blows.
Origin of southpaw
1880-85, Americanism; south + paw1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for southpaw
  • Many have credited the southpaw's success to his new cutter, a pitch that's grown in popularity in the major leagues as of late.
  • The southpaw stance, conversely, is vulnerable to a straight right hand.
British Dictionary definitions for southpaw


a boxer who leads with his right hand and off his right foot as opposed to the orthodox style of leading with the left
any left-handed person
of or relating to a southpaw
Word Origin
C20: from paw (in the sense: hand): originally a term applied to a left-handed baseball player: perhaps so called because baseball pitchers traditionally face west, so that a left-handed pitcher would throw with the hand on the south side of his body
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Word Origin and History for southpaw

"lefthander," 1885, originally baseball slang, of pitchers, often said to have been coined by Finley Peter Dunne ("Mr. Dooley"), Chicago sports journalist and humorist, in the days when, it is said, baseball diamonds regularly were laid out with home plate to the west. But south paw "a person's left hand" is attested from 1848 in the slang of pugilism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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