Definition of dexterous in English:

dexterous

Line breaks: dex¦ter|ous
Pronunciation: /ˈdɛkst(ə)rəs
 
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(also dextrous)

adjective

Derivatives

dexterously

adverb
More example sentences
  • She quickly and dexterously gathered it all up in her free hand, and smiled up at Mercer.
  • The test of his life will be how dextrously and how ethically he is able both to make and withhold the kinds of concession that might bring him the presidency.
  • It's a superb album, dextrously mixing disparate styles into a sound that's entirely its own.

dexterousness

noun
More example sentences
  • With great dexterousness, he traded his way through the political shoals and created a force.
  • The speed and dexterousness with which their fingers work is absolutely fascinating.
  • You're forever on the edge of your seat, marvelling at the dextrousness of the amazing moves, but constantly fearing that he's about to fall off.

Origin

early 17th century (in the sense 'mentally adroit'): from Latin dexter 'on the right' + -ous.

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