[ am-bi-dek-struhs ]
See synonyms for: ambidextrousambidextrousness on

  1. able to use both hands equally well: an ambidextrous surgeon.

  2. unusually skillful; facile: an ambidextrous painter, familiar with all media.

  1. double-dealing; deceitful.

  2. Slang. bisexual.

Origin of ambidextrous

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

Other words from ambidextrous

  • am·bi·dex·trous·ly, adverb
  • am·bi·dex·trous·ness, noun
  • pseu·do·am·bi·dex·trous, adjective
  • pseu·do·am·bi·dex·trous·ly, adverb

Words that may be confused with ambidextrous

Words Nearby ambidextrous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use ambidextrous in a sentence

  • Of course, the ambidextrous ironies of the current situation work both ways.

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  • He worked until those clever ambidextrous hands lost the cunning to work out the forms his active brain could still conceive.

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  • He is painting at a small easel and working in quite a wonderful manner, for he is ambidextrous.

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  • Man was once, in his childhood on earth, what Charles Reade wanted him again to be in his maturer centuries, ambidextrous.

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  • Because it has been found that children trained on ambidextrous lines develop neurotic symptoms.

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  • It is seldom that one in this world sees his way to being so adroitly ambidextrous.

British Dictionary definitions for ambidextrous


/ (ˌæmbɪˈdɛkstrəs) /

  1. equally expert with each hand

  2. informal highly skilled or adept

  1. underhanded; deceitful

Derived forms of ambidextrous

  • ambidexterity (ˌæmbɪdɛkˈstɛrɪtɪ) or ambidextrousness, noun
  • ambidextrously, adverb

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