Definition of ambidextrous in English:

ambidextrous

adjective

  • 1Able to use the right and left hands equally well.

    ‘few of us are naturally ambidextrous’
    • ‘This does not necessarily mean that you are ambidextrous.’
    • ‘The Nottingham star remarked that his ambidextrous opponent was probably not as good playing with his left hand as his right.’
    • ‘He became ambidextrous, using his left hand instead.’
    • ‘‘I'll have you know I'm ambidextrous,’ Dee sniffed.’
    • ‘Let me be clear here that I am not really concerned with whether she was left- or right-handed, or even ambidextrous.’
    • ‘He carved only with his right hand and was surprised to learn that some carvers were ambidextrous.’
    • ‘He throws and bats left-handed, but he's ambidextrous.’
    • ‘However, with practice, a child can become competent on both sides and where football is concerned my feeling is that if a child is taught from a very early age to use both feet, they can become ambidextrous.’
    • ‘Linden was ambidextrous, capable of using both her hands with equal ability - to write, throw, anything.’
    • ‘Although I'm ambidextrous, there are few things I do equally well with either hand.’
    • ‘Other left-handers I know are reasonably ambidextrous, but sadly not many of us are capable of doing everything with both hands.’
    • ‘‘We're not all ambidextrous,’ Vaughn said, catching his breath.’
    • ‘I'm slightly ambidextrous (mostly right-handed including writing but I throw/bowl/chuck left-handed).’
    • ‘Australia's John Buchanan would like ambidextrous players.’
    • ‘The chance element may also explain why some people are ambidextrous rather than clearly right or left-handed.’
    • ‘Witness the ambidextrous chimpanzee: In captivity, it typically picks branches up with its left hand but digs peanut butter out of a tube with its right.’
    • ‘It's just different, in the way that right-handed people are different from, but not better than, left-handed or ambidextrous people.’
    • ‘I'm trying to become ambidextrous, but it isn't really working.’
    • ‘My father, who's ambidextrous, makes it look easy.’
    • ‘Over two-thirds of the parents indicated that at least one, if not both, parents are left-handed or ambidextrous.’
    1. 1.1 (of an implement) designed to be used by left-handed and right-handed people with equal ease.
      ‘an ambidextrous tile gauge’
      • ‘The ambidextrous safety levers were just the right size: big enough to be fast and positive to release, small enough that they weren't accidentally released in routine carry.’
      • ‘If your customer is left-handed, then an ambidextrous safety add-on is in order - installed by someone competent.’
      • ‘In addition to the hammer assembly, the kit includes the mainspring, the ambidextrous safety assembly, and an extra power plunger spring.’
      • ‘The light is activated with an ambidextrous pressure switch just under the trigger guard, wrapped around the front area of the grips.’
      • ‘It's an ambidextrous design for the most part, but it's still better suited for right handers.’
      • ‘A gentle nudge on the ambidextrous blade stud, and the knife's special design quickly opens the blade.’
      • ‘The design of the stock is highly ergonomic and totally ambidextrous, so it doesn't take long at all to become intimately familiar with the gun.’
      • ‘The back of it sports ambidextrous safety levers.’
      • ‘The new wire clip is ambidextrous and carries the knife tip down.’
      • ‘The ten round magazine is released with an ambidextrous lever mounted on the bottom of the trigger guard.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from late Latin ambidexter (from Latin ambi- ‘on both sides’ + dexter ‘right-handed’) + -ous.

Pronunciation

ambidextrous

/ˌambɪˈdɛkstrəs/