ambidextrous

[ am-bi-dek-struhs ]
/ ˌæm bɪˈdɛk strəs /
See synonyms for: ambidextrous / ambidextrousness on Thesaurus.com

adjective

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.

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Origin of ambidextrous

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

OTHER WORDS FROM ambidextrous

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ambidextrous

1. ambidextrous , ambisextrous2. ambidextrous , ambisinistrous
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British Dictionary definitions for ambidextrous

ambidextrous
/ (ˌæmbɪˈdɛkstrəs) /

adjective

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

Derived forms of ambidextrous

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

ambidextrous
[ ăm′bĭ-dĕkstrəs ]

adj.

Able to use both hands with equal facility.
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