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.
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.
a. Turning or spiraling from right to left; counterclockwise.
b. Rotating counterclockwise; levorotatory.
1. With the left hand.
2. Sports From the left to the right: swings left-handed.
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