ambidexter

noun
am·​bi·​dex·​ter | \ ¦ambə¦dekstə(r), ¦aam- \
plural -s

Definition of ambidexter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : one that takes bribes or fees from both sides
b archaic : one that practices duplicity
2 obsolete : one that uses both hands with equal facility

ambidexter

adjective
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Definition of ambidexter (Entry 2 of 2)

archaic

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First Known Use of ambidexter

Noun

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1613, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ambidexter

Noun

in sense 1, from Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from ambidexter, adjective, from Late Latin, skillful with both hands; in sense 2, from Late Latin, from ambidexter, adjective

Adjective

Medieval Latin & Late Latin; Medieval Latin, double-dealing, from Late Latin, skillful with both hands (translation of Greek amphoterodexios), from ambi- + dexter on the right, skillful

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The first known use of ambidexter was in 1598

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“Ambidexter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ambidexter. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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