Meaning of RIGHT-HANDED in English


I. ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ adjective

Etymology: Middle English right handed, from right hand + -ed

1. : having the right hand more apt or usable than the left : preferring the right hand

a right-handed pitcher


a. : of, belonging to, or designed for the right hand

a right-handed glove

a right-handed implement

b. : done or made with or as if with the right hand

a right-handed stroke

a right-handed blow

3. : having the same direction or course as the movement of the hands of a watch viewed from in front : clockwise — used of a twist, rotary motion, or spiral curve as viewed from a given direction with respect to the axis of rotation

a right-handed propeller

4. : dextrally spiral

most univalve shells are right-handed

5. of a rope : rightlaid

6. : right-hand

right-handed door


a. : having a crystal structure that has a mirror-image relationship to another enantiomorphous structure regarded as left-handed in which the same compound can crystallize

right-handed quartz

b. : having crystal faces that result from and may be used to characterize such a structure

c. : dextrorotatory

• right-handed·ly adverb

• right-handed·ness noun

II. adverb

: with the right hand : in a right-handed manner

throws and bats right-handed

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