Definition of right-handed in US English:



  • 1(of a person) using the right hand more naturally than the left.

    ‘the slant of the stab wounds suggested that the assailant was right-handed’
    • ‘As your right-handed traveller needed to lash the beasts repeatedly to get to work on time it was necessary to sit on the left horse so that both were easily accessible with the whip.’
    • ‘They are not sold in pairs, as right-handed players usually wear only a left-hand glove.’
    • ‘Although she is strongly right-handed she was forced to learn to do some of the painful activities such as cleaning her teeth with her other hand.’
    • ‘Twenty-four right-handed students volunteered to participate in the present experiment, and were given course credit for their participation.’
    • ‘Common everyday objects are designed for right-handed people.’
    • ‘A right-handed officer maneuvers behind the suspect, wraps his right arm around the suspect's neck between the throat and the carotid.’
    • ‘It makes for good teaching, because I can be a mirror image to all of my right-handed students.’
    • ‘This finding suggests that left-handers may differ from right-handed individuals in the manner in which they evaluate credibility and may be more flexible in the cues they use.’
    • ‘To the left of the keyboard there is work for your idle hand - assuming, of course, you're right-handed.’
    • ‘The patient was a 31-year-old, right-handed man who presented with a 1-month history of 3 to 5 headaches per day.’
    • ‘The patient was a 6-year-old right-handed girl who presented with a slowly progressive drooping of the left side of her mouth of 9 months' duration.’
    • ‘For most right-handed people, the speech center is located in the left half of the brain.’
    • ‘Police say that from evidence of toothbrush use she was probably right-handed.’
    • ‘Their right-handed partners would inhabit a world existing alongside ours, but interacting only gravitationally.’
    • ‘For the first month I could do nothing, and for a right-handed person life became very difficult.’
    • ‘He reminds me a bit of a right-handed Ben Grieve, who posted similarly great statistics in the California League as a 20-year-old.’
    • ‘It is now thought by many experts that people experience the world differently according to whether they are right-handed or left-handed.’
    • ‘‘I do everything opposite from what the defender, after facing so many right-handed players, naturally expects,’ he smiles.’
    • ‘Absolutely, for a right-handed fighter, facing a southpaw is difficult, but rest assured that July 3, I will come out with a victory.’
    • ‘Up to the late 1700's, everybody travelled on the left side of the road because it's the sensible option for feudal, violent societies of mostly right-handed people.’
    1. 1.1 (of a tool or item of equipment) made to be used with the right hand or by right-handed people.
      ‘a right-handed guitar’
      • ‘In one of the most graceful movements I had done to that time, I flicked my wrist and let my right-handed dagger go flying, meeting his a foot away from my face.’
      • ‘This particular model has a useful feature in that, since the weights are internal and are able to shift (by simply tipping the thing up) it can be used as either a left-handed or a right-handed planer.’
      • ‘We have to adapt to their right-handed implements and look silly trying to use them.’
      • ‘The right-handed Quill mouse is pictured above.’
      • ‘Weir never looked back and used his unique ability to his advantage by examining right-handed equipment and player's techniques.’
      • ‘Although the Nazis initially used the right-handed one, later they started using the left-handed version.’
      • ‘It can be converted from a right-handed weapon to a left-handed one by simply changing the bolt and casing ejector aperture.’
      • ‘The Kurt Cobain guitar at the Vegas Hard Rock is right-handed.’
      • ‘The G2 is based on the same ‘prosumer compact camera’ form factor with an almost central lens, viewfinder window and right-handed flash unit.’
    2. 1.2 Made or done with the right hand, or in a manner natural to right-handed people.
      ‘right-handed batting’
      • ‘The next step for a right-handed throw, according to the author, is ‘Put your left foot outside his right foot,’ which we are told is silly because your left foot is your driving leg.’
      • ‘Considered by many to be one of the strongest technical rikishi ever, Takanohana dominated the dohyo with an uncanny right-handed belt grip and an aggressive style that marked him for sumo greatness.’
      • ‘Island Sand was positioned to the outside of Two Trail Sioux in the stretch, where both Bailey and Day encouraged their mounts with right-handed whip action.’
      • ‘Peter says his right-handed writing is purely for on-paper work.’
      • ‘There is no doubt that such children suffered greatly from being forced against their will to change from left-handed to right-handed writing.’
      • ‘Phil is naturally right-handed but learned the game by standing across from his father and ‘mirror imaging’ his father's right-handed swing.’
      • ‘Just as he rested Tino Martinez and Larry Walker, La Russa has increasingly rested Sanders against dominant right-handed pitching.’
      • ‘She uses a style learned from a picture knitting guide she was given as a child, which is neither the right-handed American style or the left-handed Continental technique some say is more efficient.’
      • ‘Likes to intimidate opponents before big races such as kissing both his biceps, striking a double biceps pose, and throwing a phantom right-handed uppercut knock-out blow.’
  • 2(of a screw) advanced by turning clockwise.

    • ‘This was a much more economical solution than buying a thread cutting lathe, and simpler than making a left-handed screw box and tap to match a right-handed box and tap.’
    • ‘The screw arm has right-handed threads on one side of the brass wheel and left-handed threads on the other.’
    • ‘It can be inferred that, by 1700, Moxon treated the right-handed screw as an established norm.’
    • ‘Even though I am a lefty and do not buy right-handed bolts, there was always hope the manufacturer would make a special run (hope springs eternal).’
    • ‘It's a bit like engineers always using right-handed threads, engineers keep stockpiles of right-handed threads of nuts and bolts, rather than left handed ones.’
    • ‘Except for the last three tools that have right- and left-handed wooden threads in combination, all the other tools have right-handed threads.’
    1. 2.1Biology (of a spiral shell or helix) dextral.
      • ‘Transmembrane helices in membrane coils predominantly cross at left-handed angles, those in membrane gates predominantly at right-handed angles.’
      • ‘Subsequent nuclear magnetic resonance studies established that the helices are right-handed.’
      • ‘The atoms of natural sugars are all laid out in an asymmetrical manner, having a right-handed spiral twist.’
      • ‘In a right-handed shell, the aperture appears on the observer's right when the shell is held with the apex up and the aperture facing the observer.’
      • ‘This domain, which is not found in eukaryotic topoisomerases, might be involved in the bending and right-handed wrapping of DNA observed for both Gyrase and Topo IV.’
    2. 2.2 (of a racecourse) turning clockwise.
      • ‘‘Ascot is a problem for the Americans, because it is right-handed and undulating, the two things that are alien to them,’ he said.’
      • ‘One of the reasons we are keen to run in the Japan Cup is that we don't think running on a right-handed course will impede him.’
      • ‘Lord Of The Sky looks destined for right-handed tracks in future after continuing Lennie Lungo's great run by making it five out of five over fences this season.’
      • ‘The July Course, which is used for the July Meeting, is a right-handed track, two miles long with a one-mile straight.’
      • ‘It is right-handed, just over 1m 6f round with a 2 ½ furlong run-in on the round course - there is also a straight mile course.’
      • ‘Kempton is a right-handed track, which is 1m 5f round - although the course shape is more of a triangle.’
      • ‘Goodwood is a right-handed course which has a straight section of six furlongs with a loop attached by two bends for longer races.’
      • ‘Nicky Henderson's gelding is at his best on right-handed tracks and, after a series of good efforts in defeat this season, is overdue a win.’
      • ‘The right-handed Fairyhouse track should be ideal and he can prove too good for Florida Coast and Super Run.’
      • ‘The track is a right-handed 1m3f circuit with an uphill run-in.’
      • ‘Longchamp is a right-handed track, but, unlike in Britain, stall one is located nearest the inside rail and stall 20 furthest away.’
      • ‘‘His next run will on a right-handed track, which is flat and has goodish ground’, said trainer, Jessica Harrington.’
      • ‘The new track will be a ten-furlong, right-handed oval with lights for late afternoon or evening racing.’
      • ‘A second, two thirds and a fourth from four Festival visits - not bad for a horse who supposedly prefers right-handed tracks.’
      • ‘Taken flat out, it is estimated that you will reach speeds of 310 km/h in seventh gear, before braking dramatically for the right-handed hairpin that has replaced the Ostkurve.’
      • ‘Ascot is a right-handed, wide track, 1miles 6furlongs round, with sweeping bends and a short home straight (less than three furlongs).’
      • ‘But some courses are right-handed - for example, Kempton, Ascot and Sandown.’


  • With the right hand, or in a manner natural to right-handed people.

    ‘Jackson bats right-handed’
    • ‘Then it may be more important to protect the ball and shoot right-handed.’
    • ‘Most of the volunteers learned to use the mouse left-handed with almost as much dexterity as they did right-handed, and more than three quarters of them kept their mouse on the left even after the trial ended.’
    • ‘He also would bowl the first ball right-handed and challenge himself to pick up the spare left-handed, then starting lefty and finishing righty.’
    • ‘I have always maintained that Mickey Mantle was a more devastating hitter right-handed than left-handed, but have never had the statistics to support my argument.’
    • ‘For those who saw Murray before that fateful summer of 1975, there's little doubt he would have been a star had he continued batting strictly right-handed.’
    • ‘He would throw batting practice right-handed and then left-handed.’
    • ‘As these bows more closely resemble a longbow, they can be shot either right-handed or left-handed, due to the ‘wrap-around’ type grip.’
    • ‘Only one of those letters was signed (with his right hand) by a young Canadian teenager in Sarnia, Ontario, asking whether he should change from playing golf left-handed to right-handed.’
    • ‘Lawrence unveiled his left-handed prowess in a national PBA event in February 2000, about a month before he was able to resume bowling right-handed.’
    • ‘‘I learned to bowl right-handed at the age of 12,’ Ignizio says.’
    • ‘But, as a natural left-hander who has played right-handed my entire life, I tend to disagree.’
    • ‘I was 13 years old when Head pitched his no-hitter, and I recall reading that he was born left-handed, hurt his arm, and had to learn to pitch right-handed.’
    • ‘Harris first pitched right-handed, getting Reggie Sanders to ground out.’
    • ‘The son of a Sydney grocer, Rosewall was a natural left-hander but was taught to play right-handed by his father and developed a peerless backhand.’
    • ‘It's here, two weeks later, he figured out that a left-handed grip wasn't for him, turned round and started hitting right-handed.’