1. Able to use both hands with equal facility.
2. Unusually skillful; adroit.
3. Deceptive or hypocritical.
[Alteration of archaic ambidexter, from Middle English, double dealer, from Medieval Latin : Latin ambi-, on both sides; see AMBI- + Latin dexter, right-handed; see deks- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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