dexterous

  • 1 Dexterous — Dex ter*ous, a. [L. dexter. See {Dexter}.] [Written also {dextrous}.] 1. Ready and expert in the use of the body and limbs; skillful and active with the hands; handy; ready; as, a dexterous hand; a dexterous workman. [1913 Webster] 2. Skillful in …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 dexterous — dexterous, adroit, deft, handy mean having or showing readiness and skill in the use of one s hands, limbs, or body and may also imply physical or mental readiness or skill. Dexterous implies expertness with consequent facility and agility in… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 dexterous — [deks′tər əs, deks′trəs] adj. [ DEXTER + OUS] 1. having or showing skill in the use of the hands or body 2. having or showing mental skill dexterously adv. dexterousness n. SYN. DEXTEROUS implies an expertness, natural or acquired, demonstrated… …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 dexterous — index artful, competent, deft, diplomatic, efficient, expert, facile, familiar (informed) …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 dexterous — c.1600, convenient, suitable, formed in English from L. dexter (see DEXTERITY (Cf. dexterity)) + OUS (Cf. ous). Meaning skillful, clever is from 1620s …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 dexterous — UK / US or dextrous UK [ˈdekst(ə)rəs] / US adjective able to use your hands skilfully …

    English dictionary

  • 7 dexterous — is preferable to dextrous. Both are pronounced dek strǝs …

    Modern English usage

  • 8 dexterous — [adj] ingenious, proficient able, active, acute, adept, adroit, agile, apt, artful, canny, clever, crack*, crackerjack*, deft, effortless, expert, facile, handy, having the know how*, masterly, neat, nimble, nimblefingered, prompt, quick, savvy,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 dexterous — (also dextrous) ► ADJECTIVE ▪ showing dexterity; adroit. DERIVATIVES dexterously adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 dexterous — also dextrous adjective Etymology: Latin dextr , dexter on the right side, skillful Date: 1609 1. mentally adroit and skillful ; clever < her dexterous handling of the crisis > 2. done with dexterity ; a …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11 dexterous — dexterously, adv. dexterousness, n. /dek streuhs, steuhr euhs/, adj. 1. skillful or adroit in the use of the hands or body. 2. having mental adroitness or skill; clever. 3. done with skill or adroitness. 4. right handed. Also, dextrous. [1595… …

    Universalium

  • 12 dexterous — dex•ter•ous [[t]ˈdɛk strəs, stər əs[/t]] adj. 1) skillful or adroit in the use of the hands or body; deft 2) having mental adroitness or skill; clever; quick 3) done with skill or adroitness • Etymology: 1595–1605; < L dexter right hand,… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 13 dexterous — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. skillful (see skill, facility). Ant., awkward. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. artful, skillful, adroit, deft, handy, nimble, quick, clever, ingenious, sharp; see also able 1 , 2 . Syn. dexterous… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 14 dexterous — [[t]de̱kstrəs[/t]] also dextrous ADJ GRADED Someone who is dexterous is very skilful and clever with their hands. As people grow older they generally become less dexterous and physically slower. ...a dextrous blues pianist …

    English dictionary

  • 15 dexterous — adjective 1) a dexterous flick of the wrist Syn: deft, adept, adroit, agile, nimble, neat, handy, able, capable, skillful, skilled, proficient, expert, practiced, polished; efficient, effortless …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 16 dexterous — adjective a) Skillful with ones hands. We went frequently out with this boat a fishing; and as I was most dexterous to catch fish for him, he never went without me. b) Skillful in some specific thing See Also: ambidextrous, dexter, dexterity …

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  • 17 dexterous — dex|ter|ous [ˈdekstərəs] adj also dextrous [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: dexter right, skilful ] 1.) skilful and quick when using your hands ▪ dextrous use of the needle 2.) skilful in using words or your mind ▪ his dexterous accounting… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 dexterous — dex·ter·ous also dex·trous dek st(ə )rəs adj 1) skillful and competent with the hands 2) mentally adroit and skillful dex·ter·ous·ly adv dex·ter·ous·ness n …

    Medical dictionary

  • 19 dexterous — Synonyms and related words: Daedalian, adept, adroit, agile, apt, artful, artistic, astute, authoritative, brainy, bravura, bright, brilliant, canny, clean, clever, coordinated, crack, crackerjack, crafty, cunning, cute, daedal, deft,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 dexterous —  is preferred, but dextrous is acceptable …

    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors