Definition of lefty in English:


(also leftie)


  • 1British A person with left-wing political views.

    ‘even lefties are now saying that people want to buy their own homes’
    as modifier ‘lefty trades unionists’
    • ‘For a leftie, becoming politically aware in the 1990s - after the fall of communism - was a strange experience.’
    • ‘The only answer that I can conclude is that they did not trust the lefty activists that they themselves put into that court.’
    • ‘As Josh points out, there's a big difference - both then and now - between liberal Democrats and extreme lefties.’
    • ‘Of course, he has views on social issues that, to a Western leftie, are (at best) distasteful.’
    • ‘Why do we as artists, lefties, politico revolutionaries, critique one another at every available opportunity?’
    • ‘Although Congress is hardly the place to find lots of radical lefties, it's also true that there are very few genuinely conservative Democrats left.’
    • ‘He had been a student lefty in Chile when Pinochet's military coup was launched on that fateful 11 September in 1973.’
    • ‘Is she saying she thinks more lefty kids think voting is useless?’
    • ‘If anything, the ads worked to take votes from Nader (which, as Stephanie Luce points out, alienated some lefty female voters).’
    • ‘But I am programmed as a leftie to try to find the root causes of their anger.’
    • ‘You really have to watch out for those radical lefties, don't you?’
    • ‘At Victoria University, there were four young lefties taking Political Science.’
    • ‘It's actually a good opportunity to compare the behavior of lefty and righty commenters.’
    • ‘She's the sort of lefty intellectual whom Nader would want to pull in.’
    • ‘Beyond the standard lefty refrains, most of the discourse was about how they felt marginalized within the power structure of the political science discipline.’
    • ‘We've got to be more left-wing than the lefties.’
    • ‘I'm aware that I'm about to receive a pile of comments going on about me being a stupid leftie student.’
    • ‘But it functions as a summation of lefty gripes about life in these United States.’
    • ‘Ken Livingstone said last week that we have to stand by Liz Jackson, our Labour candidate, because she is such a good leftie.’
    • ‘Speakers at the lefty march condemned this ‘opportunism’ and urged us not to tolerate the misuse of peace slogans by fascists.’
    left-wing, fabian, syndicalist, utopian socialist
    left-winger, fabian, syndicalist, utopian socialist
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  • 2North American A left-handed person.

    ‘many older people classified as right-handers were born lefties’
    as modifier ‘a lefty pitcher’
    • ‘Hitting lower also gives him one or two innings to watch how pitchers attack other lefties, such as Edmonds and Lankford.’
    • ‘Two pitchers that have flown up prospect charts are lefties Macay McBride and Dan Meyer.’
    • ‘Starting in the 4th inning he pitches lefthanded whenever Baltimore's lefty hitters are at bat.’
    • ‘Wells is a big-game pitcher who gives the rotation a needed lefty.’
    • ‘Each manager apparently hoped to keep his opponent guessing as to whether he was starting a lefty or a right-hander.’
    • ‘One of the concerns going into the season was how the club would fare against lefties, because the team had six lefthanded hitters in its lineup.’
    • ‘I was accustomed to lefties who mostly bowled from the left-hand corner and stayed there.’
    • ‘I have proven myself as one of the top lefties around, I am still a quality pitcher.’
    • ‘He bowled the following season left-handed and even bowled three regionals as a lefty, but had no luck.’
    • ‘Stairs will start against righthanded pitchers, Ochoa against most lefties.’
    • ‘Hundley has good power, and his return to righthanded hitting late last year should keep him in the lineup against both lefties and righthanders.’
    • ‘So it made sense to Casey to load up with right-handers when the lefties were pitching, and vice versa.’
    • ‘With runners on second and third, Showalter summoned lefty Brian Shouse from the bullpen and let him pitch.’
    • ‘While his changeup works wonders against right-handers, lefties have an easier time picking it up.’
    • ‘Say you're looking for a starting pitcher who's tough on lefties.’
    • ‘From 1915-17 he won 65 games, more than any other lefty.’
    • ‘Chris Hammond, a soon-to-be 37-year-old lefty who pitched for the Braves last season, accepted the deal.’
    • ‘For righthanders, the ball is nested in the right palm, supported strongly by the left hand, with the opposite true for lefties.’
    • ‘Compare that with Warren Spahn, another lefty, and something of a contemporary, who won 20 or more games 13 times and won 23 games at the age of 42.’
    • ‘The team plans to fill its other main need, a left-handed reliever, by giving non-roster invitations to a few lefties.’