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[uh-droit] /əˈdrɔɪt/
expert or nimble in the use of the hands or body.
cleverly skillful, resourceful, or ingenious:
an adroit debater.
Origin of adroit
1645-55; < French, Old French: elegant, skillful, equivalent to a- a-5 + droit, dreit straight, just, correct < Latin dīrēctus; see direct
Related forms
adroitly, adverb
adroitness, noun
unadroit, adjective
unadroitly, adverb
unadroitness, noun
Can be confused
adroit, à droite.
1. skillful, clever; deft, apt, adept. 1, 2. See dexterous.
1. clumsy. Unabridged
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  • He always puts on an adroit, flexible performance.
  • He is apparently also as adroit at wielding a kitchen knife as he is a samurai sword.
  • These recycled turns of phrase mar the novel, which in spite of Guy's adroit storytelling is disappointingly slight.
  • He's adroit at getting those opposed to come aboard.
  • Flexible and adroit, he built his own ladder and climbed it.
  • He was also an adroit improviser when it came to avoiding trouble.
  • I'm not adroit at using the search function.
  • He has secured his artistic freedom through various adroit business deals.
  • Moreover, he was a believable rustic, guileless and physically adroit.
  • His staff is adroit at the kind of leaks that make the boss look good.
British Dictionary definitions for adroit


skilful or dexterous
quick in thought or reaction
Derived Forms
adroitly, adverb
adroitness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French à droit according to right, rightly
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Word Origin and History for adroit

1650s, "dexterous," originally "rightly," from French adroit, from phrase à droit "according to right," from Old French à "to" (see ad-) + droit "right," from Late Latin directum "right, justice," accusative of Latin directus "straight" (see direct (v.)). Related: Adroitly; adroitness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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