Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Able to use both hands with equal facility.
  • adj. Unusually skillful; adroit.
  • adj. Deceptive or hypocritical.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having equal ability in both hands; in particular, able to write equally well with both hands.
  • adj. Practising or siding with both parties.
  • adj. Of a person, bisexual.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the faculty of using both hands with equal ease.
  • adj. Practicing or siding with both parties.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the faculty of using both hands with equal ease and dexterity; hence, skilful; facile.
  • Practising or siding with both parties; double-dealing; deceitful.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. equally skillful with each hand
  • adj. marked by deliberate deceptiveness especially by pretending one set of feelings and acting under the influence of another

Etymologies

Alteration of archaic ambidexter, from Middle English, double dealer, from Medieval Latin : Latin ambi-, on both sides; see ambi- + Latin dexter, right-handed.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
ambi- + Latin dexterĀ ("right") + -ous (as if both hands are like the right hand, which is the stronger hand in most people). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Ambidextrous is ambidextrous. The first half of the word is from the left half of the alphabet; the second half from the right half.

    January 1, 2010

  • Quite.

    January 25, 2008

  • Doesn't it always?

    January 25, 2008

  • Credit belongs to Yogi Berra, I believe.

    January 25, 2008

  • :-)

    January 24, 2008

  • I'd give both arms to be ambidextrous.

    January 24, 2008

  • (ox) I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous.

    January 24, 2008

  • Fraid so. Well, I don't but I know someone who does.

    June 15, 2007

  • So you use it to mean ambivalent?

    June 15, 2007

  • Someone uses this to mean flexible, as in "Should we pain the walls orange or purple?"

    "I'm ambidextrous"

    It kind of grows on a person. . .

    June 14, 2007