1. [syn: deft, dexterous, dextrous]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Dexterous \Dex"ter*ous\, a. [L. dexter. See Dexter.] [Written
1. Ready and expert in the use of the body and limbs;
skillful and active with the hands; handy; ready; as, a
dexterous hand; a dexterous workman.
2. Skillful in contrivance; quick at inventing expedients;
expert; as, a dexterous manager.
Dexterous the craving, fawning crowd to quit.
3. Done with dexterity; skillful; artful; as, dexterous
management. "Dexterous sleights of hand." --Trench.
Syn: Adroit; active; expert; skillful; clever; able; ready;
apt; handy; versed.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: skillful in physical movements; especially of the hands;
"a deft waiter"; "deft fingers massaged her face";
"dexterous of hand and inventive of mind" [syn: deft,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
86 Moby Thesaurus words for "dexterous":
Daedalian, adept, adroit, agile, apt, artful, artistic, astute,
authoritative, brainy, bravura, bright, brilliant, canny, clean,
clever, coordinated, crack, crackerjack, crafty, cunning, cute,
daedal, deft, dextromanual, dextrous, diplomatic, easy, effortless,
excellent, expert, facile, fancy, gifted, good, goodish, graceful,
guileful, handy, ingenious, keen, keen-witted, lithe, magisterial,
masterful, masterly, neat, neat-handed, nimble, nimble-witted,
no dumbbell, no mean, not born yesterday, politic, professional,
proficient, quick, quick-thinking, quick-witted, quite some, ready,
resourceful, right-handed, scintillating, sharp, sharp-witted,
shrewd, skilled, skillful, slick, slim, sly, smart, smooth, some,
statesmanlike, steel-trap, stylish, supple, tactful, talented,
the compleat, the complete, virtuoso, well-done, workmanlike