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Meaning of LEFT-HANDED

Pronunciation:  'left'handid

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  not skillful in physical movement 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
  2. [adj]  ironically ambiguous; "a left-handed compliment"
  3. [adj]  rotating to the left
  4. [adj]  (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
  5. [adj]  (of marriages) illicit or informal; "in Colonial America left-handed marriages between Frenchmen and Indians were frequent"
  6. [adj]  using or intended for the lefts hand; "left-handed golfers need left-handed clubs"; "left-handed scissors"

LEFT-HANDED is a 11 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: ambiguous, anticlockwise, bumbling, bungling, butterfingered, contraclockwise, counterclockwise, ham-fisted, ham-handed, handless, heavy-handed, illegitimate, left(a), left-hand(a), legitimate, levorotary, levorotatory, maladroit, morganatic, sinistral
 Antonyms: ambidextrous, right-handed, two-handed
 See Also: left



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Left"-hand`ed\, a.
1. 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.

2. Clumsy; awkward; unlucky; insincere; sinister; malicious;
   as, a left-handed compliment.

         The commendations of this people are not always
         left-handed and detractive.           --Landor.

3. 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.

{Left-handed marriage}, a morganatic marriage. See

{Left-handed screw}, a screw constructed to advance away from
   the observer, when turned, as in a nut, with a left-handed
   rotation. An ordinary wood screw is right-handed.

Easton Bible Dictionary

(Judg. 3:15; 20:16), one unable to use the right hand skilfully, and who therefore uses the left; and also one who uses the left as well as the right, ambidexter. Such a condition of the hands is due to physical causes. This quality was common apparently in the tribe of Benjamin.

Thesaurus Terms
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