Meaning of ambidextrous in English:


Pronunciation /ˌambɪˈdɛkstrəs/

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

    ‘few of us are naturally ambidextrous’
    • ‘He became ambidextrous, using his left hand instead.’
    • ‘Although I'm ambidextrous, there are few things I do equally well with either hand.’
    • ‘The Nottingham star remarked that his ambidextrous opponent was probably not as good playing with his left hand as his right.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm trying to become ambidextrous, but it isn't really working.’
    • ‘This does not necessarily mean that you are ambidextrous.’
    • ‘Australia's John Buchanan would like ambidextrous players.’
    • ‘Other left-handers I know are reasonably ambidextrous, but sadly not many of us are capable of doing everything with both hands.’
    • ‘He carved only with his right hand and was surprised to learn that some carvers were ambidextrous.’
    • ‘‘I'll have you know I'm ambidextrous,’ Dee sniffed.’
    • ‘‘We're not all ambidextrous,’ Vaughn said, catching his breath.’
    • ‘My father, who's ambidextrous, makes it look easy.’
    • ‘Let me be clear here that I am not really concerned with whether she was left- or right-handed, or even ambidextrous.’
    • ‘It's just different, in the way that right-handed people are different from, but not better than, left-handed or ambidextrous people.’
    • ‘Over two-thirds of the parents indicated that at least one, if not both, parents are left-handed or ambidextrous.’
    • ‘I'm slightly ambidextrous (mostly right-handed including writing but I throw/bowl/chuck left-handed).’
    • ‘Linden was ambidextrous, capable of using both her hands with equal ability - to write, throw, anything.’
    • ‘He throws and bats left-handed, but he's ambidextrous.’
    • ‘The chance element may also explain why some people are ambidextrous rather than clearly right or left-handed.’
    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 back of it sports ambidextrous safety levers.’
      • ‘The ten round magazine is released with an ambidextrous lever mounted on the bottom of the trigger guard.’
      • ‘It's an ambidextrous design for the most part, but it's still better suited for right handers.’
      • ‘If your customer is left-handed, then an ambidextrous safety add-on is in order - installed by someone competent.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘The new wire clip is ambidextrous and carries the knife tip down.’
      • ‘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.’


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