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dexterous

adjective
variants: also

dextrous

Synonyms and Antonyms of dexterous

  1. 1 skillful with the hands the dexterous watchmaker was able to repair the antique watch's delicate gears and parts Synonyms clever, cunning, deft, handy Related Words agile, flexible, graceful, limber, lissome (also lissom), lithe, lithesome, nimble, spry; coordinated; able, adept, capable, competent, expert, habile, masterful, masterly, proficient, qualified, skilled, skillful, sure-handed; double-jointed, loose-jointed Near Antonyms awkward, bungling, clumsy, fumbling, gauche, gawky, graceless, klutzy, rough-hewn, stiff, stilted, uncomfortable, uneasy, ungainly, ungraceful, wooden; uncoordinated; incapable, incompetent, inept, inexpert, maladroit Antonyms butterfingered, ham-fisted, ham-handed, handless, heavy-handed, unhandy

  2. 2 accomplished with trained ability dexterous handling of a potentially embarrassing situation Synonyms adroit, artful, bravura, deft, delicate, skillful (also dextrous), expert, masterful, masterly, practiced (also practised), virtuoso, workmanlikeRelated Words facile, smooth; artistic, creative, fancy, ingenious, neat; adept, clever, cunning; able, adequate, capable, competentNear Antonyms awkward, clumsy, crude, klutzy; ineffective, ineffectual; incompetent, ineptAntonyms amateur, amateurish, artless, rude, unprofessional, unskillful


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