Left-handed

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.
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2. Clumsy; awkward; unlucky; insincere; sinister; malicious; as, a left-handed compliment.
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The commendations of this people are not always left-handed and detractive.
Landor.
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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.
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Left-handed marriage, a morganatic marriage. See Morganatic. -- 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.
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Left"-hand`ed*ness

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Left"-hand`i*ness

(-*ns), } n. The state or quality of being left-handed; awkwardness.
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An awkward address, ungraceful attitudes and actions, and a certain left-handiness (if I may use the expression) proclaim low education.
Chesterfield.
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left`hand"er

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left`-hand"er

n. a person who uses the left hand with greater skill than the right; a left-handed{1} person.
Syn. -- lefty, southpaw.
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