[ am-bi-dek-struh s ]
/ ˌæm bɪˈdɛk strəs /


able to use both hands equally well: an ambidextrous surgeon.
unusually skillful; facile: an ambidextrous painter, familiar with all media.
double-dealing; deceitful.
Slang. bisexual.

Origin of ambidextrous

First recorded in 1640–50; ambidext(e)r + -ous

Related forms

am·bi·dex·trous·ly, adverbam·bi·dex·trous·ness, nounpseu·do·am·bi·dex·trous, adjectivepseu·do·am·bi·dex·trous·ly, adverb

Can be confused

ambidextrous ambisextrousambidextrous ambisinistrous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ambidextrous


/ (ˌæmbɪˈdɛkstrəs) /


equally expert with each hand
informal highly skilled or adept
underhanded; deceitful

Derived Forms

ambidexterity (ˌæmbɪdɛkˈstɛrɪtɪ) or ambidextrousness, nounambidextrously, adverb
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Medicine definitions for ambidextrous


[ ăm′bĭ-dĕkstrəs ]


Able to use both hands with equal facility.
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