• IPA: /ˈdɛkstɹəs/


  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.
  4. (figurative, archaic) Skilled at argumentation; mentally skillful.
    • 1775, speech by Edmund Burke
      […] the study [of law] renders men acute, inquisitive, dexterous, prompt in attack, ready in defense […]
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