The fruit to the viewer's left is smaller.



  • Designating the side of the body toward the west when one is facing north; the opposite of right;.
  • Pertaining to the political left.


  • On the left side.
  • Towards the left side.
  • Towards the political left.


  • The left side or direction.
  • The ensemble of left-wing political parties. Those holding left-wing views as a group.
  • The left hand or fist.
  • A punch delivered with the left fist.
  • A wave breaking from left to right (viewed from the shore).



  • From Middle English left, luft, leoft, lift, lyft, from Old English left, lyft, attested in Old English lyftādl, from Proto-Germanic *luft-, from *lubjaną (compare dialectal English lib, West Frisian lobje, Dutch lubben), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)lewp-, *(s)lup-. Compare Scots left, North Frisian lefts, leeft, leefts, West Frisian lofts, dialectal Dutch loof, Low German.
  • From Middle English left, variant of laft, from Old English læfd, past participle of lǣfan. More at leave.
  • From Middle English levit, ilevet, y-levyd, from Old English ġelȳfd, ġelȳfed, past participle of Old English ġelȳfan, lȳfan, equivalent to leave + -ed.

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