Definition of adroit in English:



  • Clever or skillful in using the hands or mind.

    ‘he was adroit at tax avoidance’
    • ‘But his other themes and scenes of domestic crises are present and familiar, played out here with adroit skill and humour’
    • ‘We were surrounded by gifted cricketers and adroit hockey players, and he owned none of their stylish skills, but you knew this, he would try.’
    • ‘Even the most clever, adroit, and skillful legislature cannot achieve zero risk in human affairs.’
    • ‘Her poetry displays an adroit mastery of simple language and an eye for the fine threads woven into ordinary lives.’
    • ‘He was a self-taught musician and the beauty of his compositions lies in the adroit mix of folk, Indian classical and western classical music.’
    • ‘Akin to an artist to his canvas, he plays with an adroit cunning that is matchless to his peers.’
    • ‘He hoped the venture would help generate tourism as the society planned to invite groups adroit in the ancient art of change-bell ringing to the Barbon church.’
    • ‘The adroit and intelligent use of other men's work, says Prodwit, ‘leads to public applause and adequate remuneration.’’
    • ‘With an adroit and intelligent adaptation, Ruiz has forced us to reflect on how we make our own lives into stories, and how we tell them to ourselves.’
    • ‘So in the end they could only scrape through 1-0 with a goal by the ever inventive and adroit Dutchman, Dennis Bergkamp.’
    • ‘The series was also notable for the wonderfully adroit way it visually mixed the father's past and present, and segued from one to the other.’
    • ‘Again the Chilingirian chose a very fast tempo, which required the first violin especially to be extremely adroit.’
    • ‘He's no naif, living in a fantasy world, but an adroit political player, using an image of weirdness to protect him.’
    • ‘You mentioned in your presentation that particularly younger people who are both adroit and adept at the new technology, thrive in that environment.’
    • ‘In the end, then, Shaw's greatest skill turned out to be not in adroit plot construction, but in creating good roles for actors.’
    • ‘This is an adroit sidestepping of the issue, but a sidestep all the same.’
    • ‘I think a larger point maybe to be made is we're looking at a guy who is an inveterate maybe even shameless but wonderfully adroit scene stealer.’
    • ‘Shakespeare, socially adroit and professionally gifted, would have been well placed to make his big career move into the Chamberlain's Men.’
    • ‘Although the attack was adroit - and enjoyable to read - its arguments are not convincing.’
    • ‘My hands are bigger, and more adroit, with nimble fingers that can tie shoes, unwrap candies, and get the sand out from between my toes before we leave the beach.’
    skilful, adept, dexterous, deft, agile, nimble, nimble-fingered, handy
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Mid 17th century: from French, from à droit ‘according to right, properly’.