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left-hand·ed

(lĕft′hăn′dĭd)
adj.
1.
a. Using the left hand more skillfully or easily than the right.
b. Sports Swinging from left to right: a left-handed batter; a left-handed golfer.
2.
a. Done with the left hand.
b. Intended for wear on or use by the left hand: left-handed scissors.
3. Awkward; maladroit.
4. Of doubtful sincerity; dubious: left-handed flattery; a left-handed compliment.
5. Of, relating to, or born of a morganatic marriage.
6.
a. Turning or spiraling from right to left; counterclockwise.
b. Rotating counterclockwise; levorotatory.
adv.
1. With the left hand.
2. Sports From the left to the right: swings left-handed.

left′-hand′ed·ly adv.
left′-hand′ed·ness n.

left-handed

adj
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. (Historical Terms) law another term for morganatic
9. (Anthropology & Ethnology) law another term for morganatic
adv
with the left hand
ˌleft-ˈhandedly adv
ˌleft-ˈhandedness n

left′-hand′ed



adj.
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.
a. rotating counterclockwise.
b. (of a gear tooth or screw thread) twisting counterclockwise as it recedes from an observer.
4. ambiguous or doubtful and often unfavorable or derogatory by implication: a left-handed compliment.
5. clumsy or awkward.
6. morganatic.
adv.
7. with the left hand: to write left-handed.
8. toward the left hand; in a counterclockwise direction.
[1350–1400]
left′-hand′ed•ly, adv.
left′-hand′ed•ness, n.

left-handed

- Had a meaning of "unlucky" or "unseasonable."
See also related terms for unlucky.

left hand

left-handed
1. 'left hand'

The left hand part of something is the part which is towards your left.

We were on the left hand side of the road.
2. 'left-handed'

Left-handed people use their left hand rather than their right hand for activities such as writing.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.left-handed - using or intended for the left hand; "left-handed golfers need left-handed clubs"; "left-handed scissors"
sinistral - of or on the left; "a sinistral gastropod shell with the apex upward has its opening on the left when facing the observer"; "a sinistral flatfish lies with the left eye uppermost"
left - being or located on or directed toward the side of the body to the west when facing north; "my left hand"; "left center field"; "the left bank of a river is bank on your left side when you are facing downstream"
ambidextrous, two-handed - equally skillful with each hand; "an ambidextrous surgeon"
right-handed - using or intended for the right hand; "a right-handed batter"; "right-handed scissors"
2.left-handed - (of marriages) illicit or informal; "in Colonial America left-handed marriages between Frenchmen and Indians were frequent"
illegitimate - of marriages and offspring; not recognized as lawful
3.left-handed - (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
legitimate - of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful
4.left-handed - rotating to the left
anticlockwise, contraclockwise, counterclockwise - in the direction opposite to the rotation of the hands of a clock
5.left-handed - ironically ambiguous; "a left-handed compliment"
ambiguous - having more than one possible meaning; "ambiguous words"; "frustrated by ambiguous instructions, the parents were unable to assemble the toy"
6.left-handed - lacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands; "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
maladroit - not adroit; "a maladroit movement of his hand caused the car to swerve"; "a maladroit translation"; "maladroit propaganda"

left-handed

adjective
Not being what one purports to be:
Translations

left-handed

[ˈleftˈhændɪd] ADJ [person] → zurdo; [shot, stroke] → (realizado) con la (mano) izquierda; [tool] → para zurdos (fig) [compliment] → con doble sentido, ambiguo

left-handed

[ˌlɛftˈhændɪd] adjmancino/a (fig) (compliment) → ambiguo/a
left-handed scissors → forbici fpl per mancini

left2

(left) adjective
on, for, or belonging to, the side of the body that in most people has the less skilful hand (the side of a person or thing which is toward the west when that person or thing is facing north-opposite to right). She wore an engagement ring on her left hand; They drive on the left side of the road in Britain.
adverb
to or towards this side. He turned left at the end of the road.
noun
1. the left side, part etc. He sat on her left; She turned to her left; Take the first road on the left; Keep to the left!
2. within a political party, Parliament etc, the most radical or socialist group.
ˈleft-hand adjective
1. at the left; to the left of something else. the bottom left-hand drawer of the desk.
2. towards the left. a left-hand bend in the road.
left-ˈhanded adjective
having the left hand more skilful than the right.
left-ˈhandedness noun
left-ˈwing adjective
(having opinions which are) radical, socialist or communist.
left wing
the left of a political party.

left-handed

أَعْسَرٌ levák venstrehåndet linkshändig αριστερόχειρας zurdo vasenkätinen gaucher ljevoruk mancino 左利きの 왼손잡이의 linkshandig keivhendt leworęczny canhoto левша vänsterhänt ถนัดมือซ้าย solak thuận tay trái 用左手的

left-hand·ed

a. zurdo-a.

left-handed

adj zurdo
References in classic literature ?
she had the misfortune to be left-handed, and a child flogged left-handedly had better be left unflogged.
India was awake, and Kim was in the middle of it, more awake and more excited than anyone, chewing on a twig that he would presently use as a toothbrush; for he borrowed right- and left-handedly from all the customs of the country he knew and loved.
IPL 2014, in the end, was about two unsung heroes who were better known for their right-handed work with the ball teaming up to win it for the team, left-handedly.