adjective \ˈdeft\

: skillful and clever

: able to do something quickly and accurately

Full Definition of DEFT

:  characterized by facility and skill
deft·ly adverb
deft·ness \ˈdef(t)-nəs\ noun

Examples of DEFT

  1. The photographer is known for her deft use of lighting.
  2. <a luthier whose deft craftsmanship is prized by violinists the world over>

Origin of DEFT

Middle English defte gentle — more at daft
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with DEFT


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