Meaning, Sentences, Synonyms and Antonyms for Adroit
Origin of Adroit:
Adroit has a fascinating origin story and the word has French origins. Maybe, that is why it has an exotic sound. Adroit breaks down to: ‘a’+’droit’, which means ‘towards’+ ‘right’. But what do we mean ‘towards right’?
Well, mankind has a pretty biased history (something we all know, don’t we) and we have always carried some forms of prejudice. One of those is against the left hand. Mankind always assumed the ‘right-hand’ to be the forbearer of all positive virtues and conversely, the ‘left’ to be a symbol of bad.
This gave way to words such as Dexterous (from Dexter, which means right hand in land). Dexterous means ‘Skillful in physical movements; especially of the hands’. On the other hand, Latin labelled the left hand as ‘sinister’. We all know what sinister means, don’t we?
Well, as an extension in French, we have ‘adroit’, with its leanings towards right. This leads us to its meaning: ‘Quick or skillful or adept in action or thought’. As they say, ‘right’ is always ‘right’, and in this case, even more so than the others. The left hand in French is labelled as ‘gauche’ (another import in to English). Any guesses what would it mean?
Some people are so adept at doing things, more than us sometimes. In such cases they are adroit beings, generally. However, those people can also be called adroit who are good at one thing and not necessarily everything. It is an adjective and its first usage dates back to 1645-55.
Meaning of Adroit:
1) Someone dexterous .i.e. expert or adept in using their hands or bodies.
2) Skilful, resourceful or clever.
Our super tip to learn Adroit
The easiest way to learn adroit is remembering that you are really adept at. Further, adroit somehow sounds like Detroit, a city in United States of America.
Example Sentences for Adroit
1) He is an adroit Funambulist. (Adjective)
2) He is an adroit handler of tricky situations. . (Adjective)
3) He adroitly scripted a spoof for a famous movie. (Adverb)
4) His adroitness in the realm of debating won us many trophies. (Noun)
Synonyms of Adroit
skilful, adept, dexterous, deft, agile, nimble, nimble-fingered, handy
Antonyms of Adroit
awkward, clumsy, ignorant, incompetent, inept, unable, unhandy, unskilled
the perfect antonym for adroit is “maladroit”
adroit means clever like a fox
Being a French student, adroit was a difficult word to digest. Droit/e in french means ‘left’ so one would assume that adroit is ‘right’. But turns out it isnt a french word This page was really helpful in clearing that ambiquity.
I think how I remember the adroit is by imagining a joker in circus.. those people at adroit at juggling
who is the most adroit leader of our time ?
This is a contentious question now. A lot of opinions can be generated on this..:)
majority of us use ‘android’ and using android has made us ‘adroit’ i.e skilled. so android can be a catchy element too.
Great input Siddarth
Detroit being hub of Auto industries has most of the ‘adroits’ in the field living there.
adroit like, Android
If im not wrong, in second paragraph second line, i think html link is shown instead of the word(Biased Histroy).. Please check it.
Also in last paragraph can is misspelled as cab.
U guys are doing great work!! This pictorial explanation s very helpful in remembering words.
thanks for inputs, made the corrections.
and thanks for the praise as well, makes us really really happy.
so many words in one word- dexter, gauche. thnx
hope you are able to learn them all..
Thank you so much,that I did not know.
you are welcome..:)