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A left-handed person, especially a left-handed baseball pitcher.
[From the practice in baseball of arranging the diamond with the batter facing east to avoid the afternoon sun. A left-handed pitcher facing west would therefore have his pitching arm toward the south of the diamond.]
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1. (Boxing) a boxer who leads with the right hand and off the right foot as opposed to the orthodox style of leading with the left
2. any left-handed person
(Boxing) of or relating to a southpaw
[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 or her body]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. a person who is left-handed.
2. a baseball pitcher who throws with the left hand.
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Left-handed boxer who leads with his right hand and right foot forward.
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|Noun||1.||southpaw - a baseball pitcher who throws the ball with the left hand|
|2.||southpaw - a person who uses the left hand with greater skill than the right; "their pitcher was a southpaw"|
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