[dek-struh s]


Related formsdex·trous·ly, adverbdex·trous·ness, nounnon·dex·trous, adjectiveun·dex·trous, adjectiveun·dex·trous·ly, adverbun·dex·trous·ness, noun
Can be confuseddextrose dextrous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dextrous

Historical Examples of dextrous

  • The plot, dextrous as the contrivance of it had been, was not destined to succeed.


    Jacob Abbott

  • Only by dextrous work could he save himself from being run down.

  • It surprised Sigurd to find an adversary so resolute and dextrous.


    Talbot Baines Reed

  • Priscilla did not notice her mother's dextrous changing of the subject.

    Peggy Raymond's Way

    Harriet Lummis Smith

  • He caught it on the second try, in those swift, dextrous tendrils.

    Stamped Caution

    Raymond Zinke Gallun

British Dictionary definitions for dextrous



a variant spelling of dexterous
Derived Formsdextrously, adverbdextrousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dextrous

1620s, alternative spelling of dexterous; this version is more conformable to Latin but less common in English.

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