Definition of dexterous
Examples of dexterous in a Sentence
They praised her dexterous handling of the crisis.
The movie is a dexterous retelling of a classic love story.
Recent Examples of dexterous from the Web
But the simple four cheese ($13) with its pillowy, dexterous crust was absurdly wonderful.
Pianist Fred Nelson III, trumpeter Victor Garcia and the rest of the bend provided robust support, with particularly dexterous playing from Garcia.
In their place is a bold mix of long-range, third-person combat played at a strategic pace far removed from the split-second timing and dexterous button bashing typical of the genre.
TODAY’S WORD — ADROIT (ADROIT: uh-DROYT: Dexterous; deft; skillful.)
But Voigt has the perfect voice for these pieces: burnished and golden in its lower reaches, yet focused and dexterous when the text and music call for it.
It is paired with Brahms’s stormy Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, a showcase for the dexterous pianist Nikolai Lugansky.
Using their dexterous trunks, the adults were munching on the bushy ends of branches like broccoli.
And Mr. Regeni, described by friends as an open-spirited and culturally dexterous student, was conducting research that appeared to be of little threat to jittery authorities.
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Dexterous comes from the Latin word dexter, meaning "on the right side." Since most people are right-handed, and therefore do things more easily with their right hand, dexter developed the sense of skillful. English speakers crafted dexterous from dexter and have been using the resulting adjective for anyone who is skillful-in either a physical or mental capacity-since at least the early 1600s. The adjective ambidextrous, which combines dexter with the Latin prefix ambi-, meaning "both," describes one who is able to use both hands in an equally skillful way.
Origin and Etymology of dexterous
Latin dextr-, dexter on the right side, skillful
First Known Use: 1609See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of dexterous
DEXTEROUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dexterous for English Language Learners
: having or showing great skill or cleverness : showing dexterity
DEXTEROUS Defined for Kids
Medical Definition of dexterous
1: skillful and competent with the hands
2: mentally adroit and skillful
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