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Wordnet 3.0

ADJECTIVE (6)

1. using or intended for the left hand;
- Example: "left-handed golfers need left-handed clubs"
- Example: "left-handed scissors"

2. (of marriages) illicit or informal;
- Example: "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;
[syn: morganatic, left-handed]

4. rotating to the left;
[syn: levorotary, levorotatory, left-handed]

5. ironically ambiguous;
- Example: "a left-handed compliment"

6. lacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands;
- Example: "a bumbling mechanic"
- Example: "a bungling performance"
- Example: "ham-handed governmental interference"
- Example: "could scarcely empty a scuttle of ashes, so handless was the poor creature"- Mary H. Vorse
[syn: bumbling, bungling, butterfingered, ham-fisted, ham-handed, handless, heavy-handed, left-handed]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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. [1913 Webster] 2. Clumsy; awkward; unlucky; insincere; sinister; malicious; as, a left-handed compliment. [1913 Webster] The commendations of this people are not always left-handed and detractive. --Landor. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Left-handedness
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

left-handed adj 1: using or intended for the left hand; "left-handed golfers need left-handed clubs"; "left-handed scissors" [ant: ambidextrous, right-handed, two-handed] 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 [syn: morganatic, left-handed] 4: rotating to the left [syn: levorotary, levorotatory, left-handed] 5: ironically ambiguous; "a left-handed compliment" 6: lacking physical movement skills, 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 [syn: bumbling, bungling, butterfingered, ham-fisted, ham-handed, handless, heavy-handed, left-handed]
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Left-handed (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.