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.
The left bank of a river.
The top left drawer of a desk.
We were not left go to the beach after school except on a weekend.
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.
- to be very clumsy, specif., to be a clumsy dancer
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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.