Origin of dexterity
Examples from the Web for dexterity
It was a reminder that regardless of how outrageous the setting may be, one cannot deny Browne's dexterity in designing clothes.
That kind of dexterity requires tremendous personal and political talent, which Cuccinelli lacks.
She could not understand, despite his explanations, why these fireworks of dexterity were worth while.The Second Latchkey|Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
I do not understand bargaining, nor possess the dexterity requisite for the purpose.The Writings of Thomas Jefferson|Thomas Jefferson
And in no victory do they glory so much as in that which is gained by dexterity and good conduct without bloodshed.Utopia|Thomas More
I congratulated him upon his dexterity; but much remained to be done.In the Heart of Africa|Samuel White Baker
Will all the dexterity of foot-police and mounted 225 guards ever succeed in disentangling this snarl of equipages?Spanish Highways and Byways|Katharine Lee Bates
British Dictionary definitions for dexterity
Word Origin for dexterity
Word Origin and History for dexterity
1520s, from Middle French dexterité (16c.), from Latin dexteritatem (nominative dexteritas) "readiness, skillfulness, prosperity," from dexter "skillful," also "right (hand)" (source of Old French destre, Spanish diestro, etc.), from PIE root *deks- "on the right hand," hence "south" to one facing east (cf. Sanskrit daksinah "on the right hand, southern, skillful;" Avestan dashina- "on the right hand;" Greek dexios "on the right hand," also "fortunate, clever;" Old Irish dess "on the right hand, southern;" Welsh deheu; Gaulish Dexsiva, name of a goddess of fortune; Gothic taihswa; Lithuanian desinas; Old Church Slavonic desnu, Russian desnoj). The Latin form is with the comparative suffix -ter, thus meaning etymologically "the better direction." Middle English dester meant "right hand," and in heraldry dexter means "on the right side."