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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [sin-uh-struh l]
    • /ˈsɪn ə strəl/
    • /sˈɪnɪstrəl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sin-uh-struh l]
    • /ˈsɪn ə strəl/

Definitions of sinistral word

  • adjective sinistral of, relating to, or on the left side; left (opposed to dextral). 1
  • adjective sinistral left-handed. 1
  • adjective sinistral (of certain gastropod shells) coiling counterclockwise, as seen from the apex. 1
  • adjective sinistral of, relating to, or located on the left side, esp the left side of the body 0
  • adjective sinistral (of the shells of certain gastropod molluscs) coiling in a clockwise direction from the apex 0
  • adjective sinistral on the left-hand side; left 0

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Origin of sinistral

First appearance:

before 1425
One of the 25% oldest English words
First recorded in 1425-75; late Middle English word from Medieval Latin word sinistrālis. See sinister, -al1

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Parts of speech for Sinistral


sinistral popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 70% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 62% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

sinistral usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for sinistral

adj sinistral

  • ambilevous — (rare) Having equally bad ability in both hands; clumsy; butterfingered.
  • larboard — (formerly) port2 (def 1).
  • left — of, relating to, or located on or near the side of a person or thing that is turned toward the west when the subject is facing north (opposed to right).
  • left-handed — having the left hand more dominant or effective than the right; preferably using the left hand: a left-handed pitcher.

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