Origin of southpawsouth + paw: the ballpark in Chicago (c. 1885) was so situated that the pitcher's left arm was toward the south
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.