a person who is left-handed; esp., a left-handed baseball pitcher
Origin of southpawsouth + paw: the ballpark in Chicago (c. 1885) was so situated that the pitcher's left arm was toward the south
A left-handed person, especially a left-handed baseball pitcher.
Origin of southpawFrom the practice in baseball of arranging the diamond with the batter facing east to avoid the afternoon sun. A left-handed pitcher facing west would therefore have his pitching arm toward the south of the diamond
- (informal) One who is left-handed, especially in sports.
- (baseball) A left-handed pitcher.
- Since home plate is generally in the southwest corner to avoid glare in the batter's eyes, a southpaw's pitching hand is to the south.
- A left-handed writer who, instead of mirroring right-handed writers, turn his or her hand upsidedown in order to put the writing implement in the same position as right-handed writers.