deft


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deft

 (dĕft)
adj. deft·er, deft·est
Quick and skillful; adroit. See Synonyms at dexterous.

[Middle English dafte, defte, gentle, humble, well-mannered, from Old English dafte, meek.]

deft′ly adv.
deft′ness n.

deft

(dɛft)
adj
quick and neat in movement; nimble; dexterous
[C13 (in the sense: gentle): see daft]
ˈdeftly adv
ˈdeftness n

deft

(dɛft)

adj. -er, -est.
skillful; nimble; facile.
[1175–1225; Middle English; variant of daft]
deft′ly, adv.
deft′ness, n.
syn: See dexterous.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.deft - skillful in physical movements; especially of the hands; "a deft waiter"; "deft fingers massaged her face"; "dexterous of hand and inventive of mind"
adroit - quick or skillful or adept in action or thought; "an exceptionally adroit pianist"; "an adroit technician"; "his adroit replies to hecklers won him many followers"; "an adroit negotiator"

deft

adjective skilful, able, expert, clever, neat, handy, adept, nimble, proficient, agile, adroit, dexterous Her movements were neat and deft.
awkward, clumsy, inept, bumbling, gauche, cack-handed (informal), maladroit, unskilful

deft

adjective
1. Showing art or skill in performing or doing:
2. Exhibiting or possessing skill and ease in performance:
3. Well done or executed:
Translations
لَبِق، رَشيق
obratnýzručný
behændigsnild
leikinn
dexter
mikliaimiklusmitrumas
izveicīgsveikls
hünerlimaharetli

deft

[deft] ADJ (defter (compar) (deftest (superl))) → diestro, hábil

deft

[ˈdɛft] adj [action, movement] → adroit(e)

deft

adj (+er)flink, geschickt

deft

[dɛft] adj (-er (comp) (-est (superl))) → abile, destro/a

deft

(deft) adjective
skilful, quick and neat. his deft handling of the situation.
ˈdeftly adverb
ˈdeftness noun
References in classic literature ?
Now she rested her elbow on the cushion of the glove counter, and a pretty, pleasant young creature, delicate and deft of touch, drew a long-wristed "kid" over Mrs.
A shy, silent youth, deft in work, and at other times conscious and embarrassed.
The quiet voice, pitched high, the deft fingers, the patient courtesy and attentiveness--these qualities were precisely what the gentle telephone required in its attendants.
With deft fingers, long accustomed to the silent manipulation of the bars and bolts that guarded other men's property, Condon turned the key and the knob simultaneously.
A woman sits and weaves with fingers deft Her story of the flower-lit stream, Threading the jasper gauze in dream, Till like faint smoke it dies; and she, bereft, Recalls the parting words that died Under the casement some far eventide, And stays the disappointed loom, While from the little lonely room Into the lonely night she peers, And, like the rain, unheeded fall her tears.
She was very deft with her needle once, quite a Dorcas.
Often as Dinah had visited Lisbeth during the last eighteen months, she had never slept in the cottage since that night after Thias's death, when, you remember, Lisbeth praised her deft movements and even gave a modified approval to her porridge.
It reminded him, together with the deft way in which she hurried, without haste, without flurry, of their first evening in the shack, nearly seven years ago.
With deft fingers she unshipped this, took it with her, reeling out the wire as she went, thus keeping, in a way, in touch with the kite.
He liked to see her deft movements, and she watched him too now and then with that maternal spirit of hers which was so amusing and yet so charming.
But men do call him a right deft hand at quarterstaff.
In this way, having carefully removed the leg bands by deft circular motions of his arm following one another uninterruptedly, the man hung the leg bands up on some pegs fixed above his head.