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adroit

Definition:

quick, skillful, or adept in action or thought

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

adroitness

Derivative:

adroitly

Comparative:

more adroit

Superlative:

most adroit

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage examples:

  • an exceptionally adroit pianist
  • an adroit technician
  • his adroit replies to hecklers won him many followers
  • an adroit negotiator

See also:

artful

Etymology:

"dexterous", originally "rightly", from French adroit, from phrase à droit...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

adroit | adroitly [adverb, derived]

skilful or dexterous | quick in thought or reaction (8 of 466 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/adroit

Merriam-Webster:

adroit | skillful [synonym] | artful [synonym] | bravura [synonym] | deft [synonym] | delicate [synonym] | dexterous [synonym] | expert [synonym] | masterful [synonym] | ...

having or showing skill, cleverness, or resourcefulness in handling situations (10 of 236 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/adroit

Oxford Dictionary:

clever | cleverer [comparative] | cleverest [superlative] | too clever by half | adroit | intelligent [synonym, sense-specific] | talented [synonym, sense-specific] | ingenious [synonym, sense-specific] | cleverly [derived]

quick to understand, learn, and devise or apply ideas; intelligent | skilled at doing or achieving something; talented | showing skill and ... (20 of 223 words, 6 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/clever

Wikipedia:

Adroit [disambiguation]

may refer to: Adroit class minesweeper, a U.S. Navy minesweeper class | Adroitness_(personality trait) a personality trait related to agreeableness | HMAS Adroit (P 82), an Attack-class patrol boat | L'Adroit class destroyer, a group of fourteen French... (35 of 105 words, 7 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Adroit

Cambridge Dictionary:

adroit | adroitly [adverb, derived] | adroitness [noun, derived]

very skilful and quick in the way you think or move (11 of 46 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/adroit

American Heritage Dictionary:

adroit | adroitly [adverb, related] | adroitness [noun, related]

Dexterous; deft. | Skillful and adept under pressing conditions. (8 of 41 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/adroit

New World Dictionary:

adroit | adroitly [adverb, related] | adroitness [noun, related]

skillful in a physical or mental way; clever; expert (9 of 36 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/adroit

Macmillan British Dictionary:

adroit [formal] | adroitly [adverb, related] | adroitness [noun, uncountable, related]

clever or skilful (3 of 31 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/adroit

Random House Dictionary:

adroit

expert or nimble in the use of the hands or body. | cleverly skillful, resourceful, or ingenious. (16 of 26 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/adroit

Wiktionary:

adroit | skillful [synonym]

dexterous, deft or skillful (4 of 11 words, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/adroit

Encarta Dictionary:

adroit

displaying physical or mental skill (5 of 27 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861583787​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

adroit

First use: 1650s

Origin: "dexterous", originally "rightly", from French adroit, from phrase à droit "according to right", from Old French à "to" + ... (20 of 32 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=adroit

American Heritage Dictionary:

adroit

Origin: French, from à droit: à, to (from Latin ad; see "ad-") + droit, right (from Latin dīrēctus; see "direct").

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/adroit

New World Dictionary:

adroit

Origin: French from à, to + droit, right from Latin directus, past participle of dirigere, "direct"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/adroit

Merriam-Webster:

adroit

First use: 1652

Origin: French, from Old French, from a- (from Latin ad-) + droit right, droit

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/adroit

Oxford Dictionary:

adroit

First use: mid 17th century

Origin: French, from à droit "according to right, properly"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/adroit

Collins Dictionary:

adroit

First use: 17th century

Origin: from French à droit according to right, rightly

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/adroit

Wiktionary:

adroit

Origin: Borrowed from French adroit.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/adroit

Encarta Dictionary:

adroit

First use: Mid-17th century

Origin: French à droit "by right, properly"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861583787​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

adroit

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "adroit"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/adroit

Cambridge Dictionary:

adroit

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "adroit"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "adroit"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/adroit

Macmillan British Dictionary:

adroit [formal]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "adroit"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/adroit

Macmillan American Dictionary:

adroit [formal]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "adroit"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/adroit

the Free Dictionary:

adroit

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "adroit"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "adroit"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "adroit" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/adroit

Google Dictionary:

adroit | adroiter [comparative] | adroitest [superlative]

Audio: English pronunciation of "adroit"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=adroit

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

adroit

Audio: North American pronunciation of "adroit"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=adroit​01 word=adroit

YourDictionary Audio:

adroit

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "adroit" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/adroit

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