Definition of left adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//left//
; NAmE NAmE//left//
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  •  [only before noun] on the side of your body which is towards the west when you are facing north Fewer people write with their left hand than with their right. I broke my left leg. the left side of the field The university is on the left bank of the river. Take a left turn at the intersection. (sport) a left back/wing a left hook opposite right
  • Word OriginOld English lyft, left ‘weak’ (the left-hand side being regarded as the weaker side of the body), of West Germanic origin.Idioms (informal) to be very awkward in your movements, especially when you are dancing or playing a sport
    left, right and centre (also right, left and centre)
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    (informal) in all directions; everywhere He's giving away money left, right and centre.
    everywhere She owes money right and left.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: left