Meaning of “ambidextrous” in the English Dictionary

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"ambidextrous" in British English

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uk /ˌæm.bɪˈdek.strəs/ us /ˌæm.bɪˈdek.strəs/


  • A man who is ambidextrous will sign his name differently with his right or left hand, but it is the same signature.
  • I know that Primitive Man was ambidextrous, because he wrote and painted just as often with his left as with his right, and just as successfully.
  • In the use of the birch he was ambidextrous.
  • Inquiry should be made as to whether the patient is right or left handed, or ambidextrous.
  • She is ambidextrous, as witness the following observations.

(Definition of “ambidextrous” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ambidextrous" in American English

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us /ˌæm·bɪˈdek·strəs/

able to use both your right and left hand equally well

(Definition of “ambidextrous” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)