deft

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adjective \ˈdeft\

Definition of deft

  1. :  characterized by facility and skill

deftly

adverb

deftness

play \ˈdef(t)-nəs\ noun

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>

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 \ˈdeft\

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

deftest

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

deftly

adverb


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