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").