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- Having equal ability in both hands; in particular, able to write equally well with both hands.
- 1650, Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica: […], 2nd edition, London: […] A. Miller, for Edw[ard] Dod and Nath[aniel] Ekins, […], OCLC 152706203:
- Some are […] ambidextrous or right-handed on both sides; which happeneth only unto strong and athletical bodies, whose heat and spirits are able to afford an ability unto both.
- Equally usable by left-handed and right-handed people (as a tool or instrument).
- (archaic) Practising or siding with both parties.
- 1692, Roger L’Estrange, “ (please specify the fable number.) (please specify the name of the fable.)”, in Fables, of Æsop and Other Eminent Mythologists: […], London: […] R[ichard] Sare, […], OCLC 228727523:
- All False, Shuffling, and Ambidextrous Dealings.
- (humorous) Of a person, bisexual.
- Exceptionally skillful; adept in more than one medium, genre, style, etc.
- Michelangelo was a very ambidextrous artist, producing sculptures and frescoes with equal ability.
- 1884, The British Trade Journal and Export World, page 558
- For years, by every possible device, we have been raising the prices of our agricultural products against the foreign buyers […] by every device known to the ambidextrous tradesman and financier. The result is that we have raised up other and unexpected competitors in the markets of the world.
- 1998, Alan Spiegel, James Agee and the Legend of Himself: A Critical Study, University of Missouri Press (→ISBN), page 12
- In a footnote, these admirers will often bemoan Agee as a Renaissance or at least ambidextrous artist in an age of specialization, a vast and turbulent ocean syphoned off through a garden hose; not just a novelist manque but also a frustrated […]
- 2014, Pamela Lillian Valemont, Beauty Queen Murder - Allison Baden-Clay, Lulu.com (→ISBN), page 49
- He also played the piano and violin, was an ambidextrous artist, and enjoyed acting. Holidays were spent yachting or canoeing or with his brothers. By 1903, Baden-Powell's military training manual, Aids to Scouting, had become a best-seller, […]
having equal ability in both hands