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[dek-struh s] /ˈdɛk strəs/
Related forms
dextrously, adverb
dextrousness, noun
nondextrous, adjective
undextrous, adjective
undextrously, adverb
undextrousness, noun
Can be confused
dextrose, dextrous. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for dextrous
Historical Examples
  • The plot, dextrous as the contrivance of it had been, was not destined to succeed.

    Nero Jacob Abbott
  • Only by dextrous work could he save himself from being run down.

    The Phantom of the River Edward S. Ellis
  • It surprised Sigurd to find an adversary so resolute and dextrous.

    Boycotted Talbot Baines Reed
  • Priscilla did not notice her mother's dextrous changing of the subject.

    Peggy Raymond's Way Harriet Lummis Smith
  • He caught it on the second try, in those swift, dextrous tendrils.

    Stamped Caution Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • With a dextrous stroke of the ax sever the head from the body.

    Home Pork Making A. W. Fulton
  • Wright is a thorough logician, dextrous, transparent, straightforward.

    William Lloyd Garrison Archibald H. Grimke
  • I wrote last by a lady on the twenty-third, and she is so discreet and dextrous, that I make little doubt of its going right.

  • Its roof was lush with vegetation but by dextrous handling he set his helicopter down upon it.

    When the Sleepers Woke Arthur Leo Zagat
  • One pumpkin came rolling directly down toward Addison; but by a dextrous kick he turned it aside.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
British Dictionary definitions for dextrous


a variant spelling of dexterous
Derived Forms
dextrously, adverb
dextrousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dextrous

1620s, alternative spelling of dexterous; this version is more conformable to Latin but less common in English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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