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dexterous

adjective
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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 of dexterous clever, cunning, deft, handy Words Related to dexterous 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 of dexterous awkward, bungling, clumsy, fumbling, gauche, gawky, graceless, klutzy, rough-hewn, stiff, stilted, uncomfortable, uneasy, ungainly, ungraceful, wooden; uncoordinated; incapable, incompetent, inept, inexpert, maladroit Antonyms of dexterous butterfingered, ham-fisted, ham-handed, handless, heavy-handed, unhandy

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

Synonym Discussion of dexterous

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

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