One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘an adroit shot from a bunker enabled him to finish well’
skilful, adept, dexterous, deft, agile, nimble, nimble-fingered, handy
able, capable, competent, skilled, expert, masterly, masterful, master, practised, polished, slick, proficient, accomplished, gifted, talented, peerless
quick-witted, quick-thinking, quick, clever, intelligent, brilliant, bright, smart, sharp, cunning, artful, wily, resourceful, astute, shrewd, canny, ingenious, inventive
informal nifty, nippy, crack, mean, wicked, wizard, demon, ace, A1, on the ball, savvy, genius
North American informal crackerjack
archaic compleat, rathe
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