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Adjective: left-handed  'left'han-did
  1. Using or intended for the left hand
    "left-handed scissors"; "left-handed golfers need left-handed clubs"
     
  2. (of marriages) illicit or informal
    "in Colonial America left-handed marriages between Frenchmen and Indians were frequent"
     
  3. (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
    - morganatic
     
  4. Rotating to the left
    - levorotary [US], levorotatory [N. Amer], laevorotatary, laevorotatory [Brit, Cdn]
     
  5. Ironically ambiguous
    "a left-handed compliment"
     
  6. Lacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands
    "a left-handed mechanic";
    - bumbling, bungling, butterfingered, ham-fisted, ham-handed, handless, heavy-handed

See also: ambiguous, anticlockwise [Brit], contraclockwise [non-standard], counterclockwise [N. Amer], illegitimate, left, left-hand, legitimate, maladroit, sinistral

Antonym: ambidextrous, right-handed

Encyclopedia: Left-handed