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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 ?
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.
But men do call him a right deft hand at quarterstaff.
Phil's fingers were deft, and the result was a dress which was the envy of every Redmond girl.
With her little deft hands she opened and shut her little red bag, took out a cushion, laid it on her knees, and carefully wrapping up her feet, settled herself comfortably.
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 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.
With a quick deft clutch on the collar at the back of his neck, Del Mar jerked him off his footing and thrust him in, or partly in, rather, because he had managed to get a hold on the edge of the crate with his two fore-paws.
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.
As Mainhall had said, she was the second act; the plot and feeling alike depended upon her lightness of foot, her lightness of touch, upon the shrewdness and deft fancifulness that played alternately, and sometimes together, in her mirthful brown eyes.
The tragedy began quietly enough, and like many another talk, by the man's deft assertion of his superiority.
Fentolin was sitting before the open window, an easel in front of him, a palette in his left hand, painting with deft, swift touches.