[ uh-droit ]
/ əˈdrɔɪt /


expert or nimble in the use of the hands or body.
cleverly skillful, resourceful, or ingenious: an adroit debater.

Origin of adroit

1645–55; < French, Old French: elegant, skillful, equivalent to a- a-5 + droit, dreit straight, just, correct < Latin dīrēctus; see direct

Related forms

Can be confused

adroit à droite

Synonym study

1, 2. See dexterous. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for adroitly


/ (əˈdrɔɪt) /


skilful or dexterous
quick in thought or reaction

Derived Forms

adroitly, adverbadroitness, noun

Word Origin for adroit

C17: from French à droit according to right, rightly
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