- The opposite of right; toward the usually weaker side of the body; toward the west when one is facing north.
- Turn left at the corner.
- (politics) pertaining to the political left; liberal
Left (not comparable)
- On the left side.
- Towards the left side.
NounLeft (plural Lefts)
- The left side.
- (politics) The ensemble of left-wing political parties. Those holding left-wing views as a group.
- The political left is not holding enough power.
- (boxing) A punch delivered with the left fist.
- (Irish) (colloquial) permitted, allowed to proceed.
- We were not left go to the beach after school except on a weekend.
Gospel side, abandoned, aport, cantorial side, castaway, communistic, counterclockwise, departed, derelict, deserted, discarded, disused, forsaken, gone, gone away, gone off, jettisoned, larboard, left hand, left wing, left-hand, left-hand side, left-wing, left-winger, left-wingish, leftism, leftist, leftover, leftward, leftwardly, leftwards, levorotatory, liberal, liberalism, liberalist, marooned, near, near side, net, nigh, odd, on the left, outstanding, over, pink, port, port tack, portside, progressive, progressivism, progressivist, radical, red, remaining, remanent, sinister, sinistrad, sinistral, sinistrally, sinistrocerebral, sinistrocular, sinistrogyrate, sinistrorse, socialistic, spare, superfluous, surplus, surviving, to spare, to the left, unconsumed, unused, verso, welfare stater, wrong side
Middle English, left, lift, luft, from Old English left, lyft 'weak, useless', from Proto-Germanic *luft- (compare North Frisian leeft 'left', Dutch dialect loof 'weak, worthless', Low German dialect lucht 'left'), from *lubjanan 'to castrate, lop off' (cf. English dialect lib, West Frisian lobje, Dutch lubben), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)leup, *(s)lup 'hanging limply'. More at lob, lop.
- The translations below need to be checked.
- The Concise Dictionary of English Etymology, Walter W. Skeat.