English edit

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Etymology edit

in- +‎ dextrous

Adjective edit

indextrous (comparative more indextrous, superlative most indextrous)

  1. Not dextrous; maladroit.
    • 1998, Shannon Ravenel, Padgett Powell, New Stories from the South, page viii:
      He may think Memaw's consistent failure to strike him with the broom is a function of her indextrous skill with the broom used in this uncustomary manner.
    • 2008, Adam Davies, Mine All Mine:
      Charlie's inveterate clumsiness extends to indextrous misapplications of perfume, especially new ones whose atomizers she hasn't mastered.
    • 2010, David Farrell Krell, David Wood, Exceedingly Nietzsche, page 66:
      In their handshake we feel no understanding; we feel an indextrous hand that is not held to the equipment of our culture.
    • 2018, Yuliya Komska, Michelle Moyd, David Gramling, Linguistic Disobedience: Restoring Power to Civic Language, page 7:
      Preoccupied in this moment with looking foolish or indextrous in public, Trump displays a deep sensitivity for decorum and order—the semblance of which allows him, in turn, to “grab 'em by the pussy.”
  2. Not manual.
    • 1913, Alden Sampson, Studies in Milton and Essay on Poetry, page 57:
      No one better than he knew that an indextrous education is but half an education ; unless the hand have its delight as well as the brain, man expresses himself only in part.