adroit

play
adjective \ ə-ˈdrȯit \

Definition of adroit

:having or showing skill, cleverness, or resourcefulness in handling situations
  • an adroit leader
  • adroit maneuvers

adroitly

adverb

adroitness

noun

Examples of adroit in a Sentence

  1. Rumor has always played a role in politics, but rarely have the backstage operatives been so adroit, and so cynical, in their use of vitriol. —Walter ShapiroTime10 July 1989
  2. He was adroit with money and was blessed with the extraordinary Spanish gift of prolific, and even inchoate, invention. —V. S. Pritchett"Goya … ," 1975, in A Man of Letters1985
  3. Family medicine … is constructed around the unquantifiable idea that a doctor who treats your grandmother, your father, your niece, and your daughter will be more adroit in treating you. —John McPheeTable of Contents1984
  4. She is adroit at handling problems.

  5. with an adroit flick of the wrist, flipped the omelet into the air and landed it squarely back in the pan

Recent Examples of adroit from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'adroit.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of adroit

French, from Old French, from a- (from Latin ad-) + droit right, droit

Synonym Discussion of adroit

clever, adroit, cunning, ingenious mean having or showing practical wit or skill in contriving. clever stresses physical or mental quickness, deftness, or great aptitude.
    • a person clever with horses
adroit often implies a skillful use of expedients to achieve one's purpose in spite of difficulties.
    • an adroit negotiator
cunning implies great skill in constructing or creating.
    • a filmmaker cunning in his use of special effects
ingenious suggests the power of inventing or discovering a new way of accomplishing something.
    • an ingenious software engineer
dexterous, adroit, deft mean ready and skilled in physical movement. dexterous implies expertness with consequent facility and quickness in manipulation.
    • unrolled the sleeping bag with a dexterous toss
adroit implies dexterity but usually also stresses resourcefulness or artfulness or inventiveness.
    • the magician's adroit response to the failure of her prop won applause
deft emphasizes lightness, neatness, and sureness of touch or handling.
    • a surgeon's deft manipulation of the scalpel

ADROIT Defined for English Language Learners

adroit

play
adjective

Definition of adroit for English Language Learners

  • : very clever or skillful


ADROIT Defined for Kids

adroit

play
adjective \ ə-ˈdrȯit \

Definition of adroit for Students

:having or showing great skill or cleverness
  • an adroit leader

adroitly

adverb


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up adroit? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a strongly worded attack

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!

  • young-plant-shoots
  • Which of the following is a new sense of the word bunny?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!