skillful or adroit in the use of the hands or body.
having mental adroitness or skill; clever.
done with skill or adroitness.
- Also dextrous.
- dex·ter·ous·ly, adverb
- dex·ter·ous·ness, noun
- non·dex·ter·ous, adjective
- non·dex·ter·ous·ly, adverb
- non·dex·ter·ous·ness, noun
- un·dex·ter·ous, adjective
- un·dex·ter·ous·ly, adverb
- un·dex·ter·ous·ness, noun
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How to use dexterous in a sentence
As for Haddington, its robot arm is considered one of the most lightweight and dexterous currently being sold.British online grocer Ocado, known for its automated warehouses, acquires two U.S. robotics companies | Jeremy Kahn | November 2, 2020 | Fortune
One little part he dexterously omitted, describing the cause of death—disease of the heart.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
They seize the former so dexterously by the neck that they always master them; the crocodile eggs they suck.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
"We have seen a great deal of her of late years," Mrs. Harrowby continued, angling dexterously.
Gustavus Vasa was a young fellow there, who dexterously escaped this Bloodbath, and afterwards came to something.History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. III. (of XXI.) | Thomas Carlyle
Lady Celia caught him dexterously by the waist in her mouth, and, swimming to the outer rock, sat up and softly bit him in halves.The Fiend's Delight | Dod Grile
British Dictionary definitions for dexterous
possessing or done with dexterity
a rare word for right-handed
- dexterously or dextrously, adverb
- dexterousness or dextrousness, noun
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