Definition of dexterity in English:

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Pronunciation: /dekˈsterədē/


Skill in performing tasks, especially with the hands: her dexterity with chopsticks his record testifies to a certain dexterity in politics
More example sentences
  • He has verbal dexterity and rhyming skills which very few rap artists have.
  • Known simply as hockey in North America, it is a fast and exciting game that requires from its players great skill, dexterity and physical stamina.
  • We could not help hugging dear old Cowboy Bill, to whose skill and dexterity, in all probability, we owed our lives.
deftness, adeptness, adroitness, agility, nimbleness, handiness, ability, talent, skill, proficiency, expertise, experience, efficiency, mastery, delicacy, knack, artistry, finesse
shrewdness, astuteness, acumen, acuity, intelligence;
ingenuity, inventiveness, cleverness, smartness;
canniness, sense, discernment, insight, understanding, penetration, perception, perspicacity, discrimination;
cunning, artfulness, craftiness
informal horse sense, savvy, street smarts


Early 16th century (in the sense 'mental adroitness'): from French dextérité, from Latin dexteritas, from dexter 'on the right'.

Words that rhyme with dexterity

ambidexterity, asperity, austerity, celerity, ferrety, posterity, prosperity, severity, sincerity, temerity, verity

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Syllabification: dex·ter·i·ty

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