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dexterous

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɛkst(ə)rəs
 
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(also dextrous)

Definition of dexterous in English:

adjective

Showing or having skill, especially with the hands: a dexterous keyboard player
More example sentences
  • The skill of his dextrous fingers dancing over the frets combines with his rich, soulful voice to create a ‘tingle factor’ that leaves the listeners feeling they have witnessed something special.
  • They shoved us off scrums, stole our ball at the tackle, carried the ball powerfully into our defence, and showed dextrous handling skills in the open spaces.
  • Apart from the huge variety of dice games, there were many games of dextrous skill such as knucklebones.
Synonyms

Origin

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

Derivatives

dexterously

1
adverb
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

2
noun
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.

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