deft

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adjective \ˈdeft\

Definition of deft

  1. :  characterized by facility and skill the photographer's deft use of lighting the deft fingers of the trumpeter

deftly

adverb

deftness

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Examples of deft in a Sentence

  1. The photographer is known for her deft use of lighting.

  2. a luthier whose deft craftsmanship is prized by violinists the world over

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Origin and Etymology of deft

Middle English defte gentle — more at daft


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of deft

dexterous, adroit, deft mean ready and skilled in physical movement. dexterous implies expertness with consequent facility and quickness in manipulation. unrolled the sleeping bag with a dexterous toss adroit implies dexterity but usually also stresses resourcefulness or artfulness or inventiveness. the magician's adroit response to the failure of her prop won applause deft emphasizes lightness, neatness, and sureness of touch or handling. a surgeon's deft manipulation of the scalpel

DEFT Defined for English Language Learners

deft

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adjective

Definition of deft for English Language Learners

  • : skillful and clever

  • : able to do something quickly and accurately


DEFT Defined for Kids

deft

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adjective \ˈdeft\

Definition of deft for Students

defter

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deftest

  1. :  quick and skillful in action He cut hair with deft fingers.

deftly

adverb


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