A dexterous woman practices yoga.
- An example of dexterous is a yoga master.
- An example of dexterous is Beethoven's piano skill.
The definition of dexterous is someone skilled at using their body, hands or mind.
- having or showing skill in the use of the hands or body
- having or showing mental skill
Origin of dexterousdexter + -ous
- Skillful in the use of the hands.
- Having mental skill or adroitness.
- Done with dexterity: a dexterous maneuver.
Origin of dexterousFrom Latin dexter skillful ; see dexter .
dexterous deft adroit handy nimble
These adjectives refer to skill and ease in performance. Dexterous implies physical or mental agility: dexterous fingers. Deft suggests quickness, sureness, neatness, and lightness of touch: deft strokes; a deft turn of phrase. Adroit implies ease and natural skill, especially in challenging situations: an adroit skier; an adroit negotiator. Handy suggests a more modest aptitude, principally in manual work: handy with tools. Nimble stresses quickness and lightness in physical or mental performance: nimble feet; nimble wits.
(comparative more dexterous, superlative most dexterous)