来自PIE*deks,右手，右边，词源同ambidextrous. 引申义灵巧。比较sinister, 原义为左手的。
- dexterity (n.)
- 1520s, from Middle French dexterité (16c.), from Latin dexteritatem (nominative dexteritas) "readiness, skillfulness, prosperity," from dexter "skillful," also "right (hand)" (source of Old French destre, Spanish diestro, etc.), from PIE root *deks- "on the right hand," hence "south" to one facing east (cognates: Sanskrit daksinah "on the right hand, southern, skillful;" Avestan dashina- "on the right hand;" Greek dexios "on the right hand," also "fortunate, clever;" Old Irish dess "on the right hand, southern;" Welsh deheu; Gaulish Dexsiva, name of a goddess of fortune; Gothic taihswa; Lithuanian desinas; Old Church Slavonic desnu, Russian desnoj). The Latin form is with the comparative suffix -ter, thus meaning etymologically "the better direction." Middle English dester meant "right hand," and in heraldry dexter means "on the right side."
- 1. His manual dexterity and fine spatial skills were wasted on routine tasks.
- 2. Wayne has great verbal dexterity.
- 3. You need manual dexterity to be good at video games.
- 4. Few can equal [ compare with ] her in manual dexterity.
- 5. I'm your inferior in manual dexterity.
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