Southpaw definition

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Left-handed.
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A person who is left-handed; esp., a left-handed baseball pitcher.
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A left-handed person, especially a left-handed baseball pitcher.
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(informal) One who is left-handed, especially in sports.
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(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.

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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.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
southpaw
Plural:
southpaws

Origin of southpaw

  • From 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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition