- expert or nimble in the use of the hands or body.
- cleverly skillful, resourceful, or ingenious: an adroit debater.
- skilful or dexterous
- quick in thought or reaction
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.