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Dexterous

Dex′ter-ous

,
Adj.
[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.
2.
Skillful in contrivance; quick at inventing expedients; expert;
as, a
dexterous
manager
.
Dexterous
the craving, fawning crowd to quit.
Pope.
Syn. – Adroit; active; expert; skillful; clever; able; ready; apt; handy; versed.

Definition 2022


dexterous

dexterous

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dexterous (comparative more dexterous, superlative most dexterous)

  1. Skillful with one's hands.
  2. Skillful in some specific thing
    • 1719, Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
      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.
  3. Agile; flexible; able to move fluidly and gracefully.

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