Definition of deft
- the photographer's deft use of lighting
- the deft fingers of the trumpeter
The photographer is known for her deft use of lighting.
a luthier whose deft craftsmanship is prized by violinists the world over
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
: skillful and clever
: able to do something quickly and accurately
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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