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deft

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of deft

  1. 1 accomplished with trained ability a luthier whose deft craftsmanship is prized by violinists the world over Synonyms of deft adroit, artful, bravura, skillful, delicate, dexterous (also dextrous), expert, masterful, masterly, practiced (also practised), virtuoso, workmanlikeWords Related to deft facile, smooth; artistic, creative, fancy, ingenious, neat; adept, clever, cunning; able, adequate, capable, competentNear Antonyms of deft awkward, clumsy, crude, klutzy; ineffective, ineffectual; incompetent, ineptAntonyms of deft amateur, amateurish, artless, rude, unprofessional, unskillful

  2. 2 skillful with the hands the deft jeweler quickly attached the diamond to its mount on the gold band Synonyms of deft clever, cunning, dexterous, handyWords Related to deft agile, flexible, graceful, limber, lissome (also lissom), lithe, lithesome, nimble, spry; coordinated; able, adept, capable, competent, expert, habile, masterful, masterly, proficient, qualified, skilled, skillful, sure-handed; double-jointed, loose-jointedNear Antonyms of deft awkward, bungling, clumsy, fumbling, gauche, gawky, graceless, klutzy, rough-hewn, stiff, stilted, uncomfortable, uneasy, ungainly, ungraceful, wooden; uncoordinated; incapable, incompetent, inept, inexpert, maladroitAntonyms of deft butterfingered, ham-fisted, ham-handed, handless, heavy-handed, unhandy

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


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