from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Dexterous; deft.
- adj. Skillful and adept under pressing conditions. See Synonyms at dexterous.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. dexterous, deft or skillful
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Dexterous in the use of the hands or in the exercise of the mental faculties; exhibiting skill and readiness in avoiding danger or escaping difficulty; ready in invention or execution; -- applied to persons and to acts.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Dexterous; skilful; expert in the use of the hand, and hence of the mind; ingenious; ready in invention or execution; possessing readiness of resource.
- Synonyms Cunning, Artful, Sly, etc. See cunning. Adroit, Dexterous, Expert, Skilful, Clever, smart, handy, apt, quick, subtle. The first four words express primarily various degrees in the combination of manual facility with knowledge. Adroit and dexterous make prominent the idea of a trained hand: as, an adroit pickpocket; a dexterous conjurer, swordsman. Adroitness implies quickness or suddenness; dexterity may require sustained agility. Adroit tends toward sinister figurative meanings: as, an adroit rogue; but mental adroitness may be simply address or tact. Expert emphasizes experience, practice, and hence is commonly a lower word than skilful, which makes knowledge the principal thing: a skilful mechanic makes more use of his mind than an expert mechanic. Clever implies notable quickness, readiness, resource in practical affairs, and sometimes the lack of the larger powers of mind: a clever mechanic has fertility in planning and skill in executing what is planned. A clever statesman may or may not be an able one; a man may be clever in evil.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. quick or skillful or adept in action or thought
French, from à droit : à, to (from Latin ad; see ad-) + droit, right (from Latin dīrēctus; see direct).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed from French adroit. (Wiktionary)