An example of being on the political left is a pro-choice person.
An example of the left hand is the less commonly used hand by most persons.
We were not left go to the beach after school except on a weekend.
There are only three cups of juice left.
An example of being left is a lone tomato hanging on a plant.
An example of having left is to have walked out of the office.
- to be very clumsy, specif., to be a clumsy dancer
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of left
- Middle English from Old English lyft- weak, useless (in lyftādl paralysis) N., sense 2, from the fact that liberals often sit on the left side of the legislative chamber in various assemblies
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English left, luft, leoft, lift, lyft, from Old English left, lyft (“weak, useless"), from Proto-Germanic *luft- (compare Scots left (“left"), North Frisian lefts, leeft, leefts (“left"), West Frisian lofts (“left"), dialectal Dutch loof (“weak, worthless"), dialectal Low German lucht (“left"), from *lubjanÄ… "to castrate, lop off" (compare dialectal English lib, West Frisian lobje, Dutch lubben), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)leup, *(s)lup "hanging limply". More at lob, lop.