Definition of right and left in English:

right and left


  • 1On or towards the right and the left; on both sides; in both directions.

  • 2Informal. In or from all directions; on all sides; indiscriminately, haphazardly; prodigiously.


  • Characterized by movement to both right and left; suitable for, characterized by, or involving both the right and the left hands, sides, etc.


  • 1Shooting. A shot from both barrels of a double-barrelled shotgun; (also) an instance of hitting game with the shots from both barrels.

  • 2Boxing. An attack consisting of a blow delivered with the right hand followed by a blow delivered with the left hand.


Late Middle English; earliest use found in Cursor Mundi: a Northumbrian poem of the 14th century. From right + and + left.


right and left

/ˌrʌɪt ən(d) ˈlɛft/