Adjective "Dexterous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Showing or having skill, especially with the hands.
  1. 'Yet he makes up for these frail qualities with his heightened intelligence and dextrous ability to climb tall trees.'
  2. 'To build with any efficiency and skill, the colonial craftsperson needed a dexterous hand when wielding both kinds of axes.'
  3. 'Local performer Gerry Grennan provided the pre-interval entertainment, providing some much welcome humour as well as some outstanding dextrous guitar mastery.'
  4. 'But with a quick, dexterous motion, Rosekiller hurled the knife at Ariana.'
  5. 'Well done to the senior citizen who trimmed back some choice specimens by dextrous use of his walking stick and to the two young lads who provided a welcome action replay with their hurleys.'
  6. 'How they can move off from traffic lights with phone held to the ear, changing gear and turning across junctions all with one hand is astoundingly dextrous.'
  7. '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.'
  8. 'New research carried out in nine cities around the world shows that the thumbs of people under the age of 25 have taken over as the hand's most dexterous digit, said The Observer.'
  9. 'The interface is appalling, requiring dextrous use of the keyboard to do relatively simple tasks.'
  10. 'Apart from the huge variety of dice games, there were many games of dextrous skill such as knucklebones.'


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.

More examples(as adjective)

"rebuttals can be dexterous as devices."

"strokes can be dexterous."

"rebuttals can be dexterous."

"prevarications can be dexterous."

"potentials can be dexterous."

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