Vocabulary Building: “AMBIDEXTROUS” – Meaning and Usage

In today’s video we’ll continue to expand our vocabulary and learn a new English word – “ambidextrous.”

Let’s break it into parts and learn the word’s origin.

The root of the word – “dextr” comes from Latin “dexter,” which means “the right hand.”

And if you happen to speak Spanish, you know that the Spanish for “right” is “derecha.

Prefix “ambi-” also comes from Latin and means “around” or “on both sides.

And suffix “-ous” in English helps form an adjective and means “having the quality of…

And thus, the literal meaning of “ambidextrous” is “having the quality of both right hands or two right hands.”

To be ambidextrous means to be equally good with the use of either hand, or to “have two right hands,” so to speak.

It can also refer to something designed for right-handed and left-handed people alike.

Here is an example of how to use the word in a sentence:

“Lilly is ambidextrous and alternates hands while writing to let the tired hand rest and recover.”

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