I'm looking for a noun meaning "one who is adroit" or "one who is clever/skillful". Can I use the word "adroit" as a noun? All my googling has only turned up the noun-form "adroitness", which is clearly not what I'm after.


Adept can be used as a noun meaning exceptionally skilled at one thing or many things in general. It's a bit archaic to use it as a noun, but I suppose adroit isn't all that common a word, either. :)

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    This is the closest I've seen so far to what I'm looking for. Maybe the exact word doesn't exist, but this is good enough that I'll accept it. Thank you! :) – burfl Nov 11 '14 at 19:12

You could say that one who is adroit is a virtuoso.

  • Oh man, that's so close. I'm not sure I want the artistic implication, but otherwise this would be perfect! – burfl Nov 11 '14 at 18:14

Considering all the synonyms listed in Google's results:

skillful, adept, dexterous, deft, nimble, able, capable, skilled, expert, masterly, masterful, master, practiced, handy, polished, slick, proficient, accomplished, gifted, talented

master or expert seem to be among reasonable options.

  • I did actually do this very search myself and wasn't happy with the results. I was hoping for something that perhaps does not exist. – burfl Nov 11 '14 at 18:50
  • I don't know if I understand your quest for something that does not exist. If you're the only one who understands your question, it's by definition not relevant to anyone else. – SrJoven Nov 11 '14 at 18:53
  • I don't think that I am the only one who understands, since there's a pretty good answer in the comments above. – burfl Nov 11 '14 at 18:58

I've never seen adroit used as a noun that way. Consider using expert as an alternative.

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