left-handed Meaning, Definition & Usage
adjective using or intended for the left hand
- left-handed golfers need left-handed clubs
- left-handed scissors
adjective satellite (of marriages) illicit or informal
- in Colonial America left-handed marriages between Frenchmen and Indians were frequent
adjective satellite (of marriages) of a marriage between one of royal or noble birth and one of lower rank; valid but with the understanding that the rank of the inferior remains unchanged and offspring do not succeed to titles or property of the superior
adjective satellite rotating to the left
adjective satellite ironically ambiguous
- a left-handed compliment
adjective satellite lacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands
butterfingered; bumbling; handless; ham-handed; bungling; ham-fisted; heavy-handed.
- a bumbling mechanic
- a bungling performance
- ham-handed governmental interference
- could scarcely empty a scuttle of ashes, so handless was the poor creature"- Mary H. Vorse
Having the left hand or arm stronger and more dexterous than the right; using the left hand and arm with more dexterity than the right.
Clumsy; awkward; unlucky; insincere; sinister; malicious; as, a. left-handedcompliment
The commendations of this people are not always left-handed and detractive. Landor.
Having a direction contrary to that of the hands of a watch when seen in front; -- said of a twist, a rotary motion, etc., looked at from a given direction.
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