versatile[vʉr′sə təl; chiefly Brit, -tīl′]
- The definition of versatile is having many uses.
An example of versatile is the ability of a Kitchen Aid mixer with many attachments.
- competent in many things; able to turn easily from one subject or occupation to another; many-sided
- adaptable to many uses or functions
- that can be turned or moved around, as on a hinge or pivot
- fickle; inconstant
- Bot. turning about freely on the filament to which it is attached, as an anther
- moving forward or backward, as the toes of a bird
- movable in any direction, as the antenna of an insect
Origin of versatileFrench ; from Classical Latin versatilis, that turns around, movable, versatile ; from versatus, past participle of versare, to turn often, frequentative of vertere, to turn: see verse
- Capable of doing many things competently.
- Having varied uses or serving many functions: “The most versatile of vegetables is the tomato” (Craig Claiborne).
- Variable or inconstant; changeable: a versatile temperament.
- Biology Capable of moving freely in all directions, as the loosely attached anthers of certain flowers.
Origin of versatileLatin versātilis, from versātus, past participle of versāre, to turn; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
- ver′sa·til′i·ty , ver′sa·tile·ness
(comparative more versatile, superlative most versatile)
From Latin versÄtilis (“turning easily"), from versÄtus, past participle of versÅ (“I turn, change"), frequentative of vertÅ (“I turn").