From Medieval Latin ambidexter, from ambi- + dexter.
ambidexter (plural ambidexters)
- Someone who is ambidextrous.
- (archaic, slang) A lawyer who takes fees from both plaintiff and defendant.
- (by extension) Someone who is two-faced; a double-dealer.
- 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, New York Review of Books, 2001, p.65:
- One takes upon him temperence, holiness […], whenas indeed he, and he, and he, and the rest are hypocrites, ambidexters, outsides, so many turning pictures, a lion on one side, a lamb on the other.
ambidexter (not comparable)
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Smollett to this entry?)