- capable of or adapted for turning easily from one to another of various tasks, fields of endeavor, etc.: a versatile writer.
- having or capable of many uses: a versatile tool.
- Botany. attached at or near the middle so as to swing freely, as an anther.
- Zoology. turning either forward or backward: a versatile toe.
- variable or changeable, as in feeling, purpose, or policy: versatile moods.
Origin of versatile
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Examples from the Web for versatile
Since Westlake was as prolific as he was versatile, this all took a while.Donald E. Westlake, The Man With The Getaway Face
October 25, 2014
Ever the versatile bigot, Ransdell hates gays, African Americans, and immigrants, in addition to Jewish people.White Supremacist Runs For Senate in Kentucky
September 21, 2014
Served in lieu of morning pancakes or bread at supper, ployes are nothing if not versatile.On the Canadian Border, It's Pancakes for Every Meal
Jane & Michael Stern
July 6, 2014
Regular viewers of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon know that The Roots are one of the most versatile bands working today.Viral Video of the Day: Harry Potter and the Legendary Roots Crew
June 19, 2014
The former stand-up comedian has evolved into one of the most versatile entertainers in showbiz.Jamie Foxx on ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ Donald Sterling’s Racism, and Bill O’Reilly’s TV Act
April 28, 2014
And a very tolerable forgery did this versatile hero produce.The Prisoner of Zenda
It is to be wished that it were, but it is no such easy matter to be versatile in painting.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
Versatile, yet persevering, he varied his pursuits, but he never abandoned any.
Talma and Rachel, if as great as he, were not so complete, so versatile.
Perez was not the only favoured votary of the versatile siren.
- capable of or adapted for many different uses, skills, etc
- variable or changeable
- botany (of an anther) attached to the filament by a small area so that it moves freely in the wind
- zoology able to turn forwards and backwardsversatile antennae
Word Origin and History for versatile
c.1600, from Latin versatilis "turning, revolving, moving, capable of turning to varied subjects or tasks," from past participle stem of versare "keep turning, be engaged in something, turn over in the mind," frequentative of vertere "to turn" (see versus).