deft

deft
deft [deft] adj written
[Date: 1200-1300; Origin: daft]
1.) a deft movement is skilful, and often quick
He sketched her with quick, deft strokes.
deft footwork
2.) skilful at doing something
his deft chairmanship of the company
>deftly adv
>deftness n [U]

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  • deft — [ deft ] adjective deft movements are made quickly and with skill a. moving quickly and with skill: a deft yachtswoman deft at doing something: a chef who is extremely deft at producing original dishes ╾ deft|ly adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • deft — (d[e^]ft), a. [OE. daft, deft, becoming, mild, gentle, stupid (cf. OE. daffe, deffe, fool, coward), AS. d[ae]ft (in derivatives only) mild, gentle, fitting, seasonable; akin to dafen, gedafen, becoming, fit, Goth. gadaban to be fit. Cf. {Daft},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • deft´ly — deft «dehft», adjective. quick and skillful in action; nimble; clever: »The fingers of a violinist or surgeon must be deft. ... one of the deftest juggling performances since the late W. C. Fields laid aside his Indian clubs (Time). SYNONYM(S):… …   Useful english dictionary

  • deft. — «dehft», adjective. quick and skillful in action; nimble; clever: »The fingers of a violinist or surgeon must be deft. ... one of the deftest juggling performances since the late W. C. Fields laid aside his Indian clubs (Time). SYNONYM(S): See… …   Useful english dictionary

  • deft — deft·ly; deft·ness; deft; …   English syllables

  • deft — [deft] adj. [ME defte, dafte: see DAFT] skillful in a quick, sure, and easy way; dexterous SYN. DEXTEROUS deftly adv. deftness n …   English World dictionary

  • deft — I adjective able, accomplished, adept, adroit, agile, apt, canny, capable, clever, competent, cunning, dexterous, efficient, expert, facile, flexible, gifted, good at, handy, ingenious, light, masterful, masterly, nimble, nimble fingered,… …   Law dictionary

  • deft — (adj.) O.E. gedæfte mild, gentle, differentiated in Middle English into DAFT (Cf. daft) (q.v.) and this word, via sense of apt, skillful, adept. Cognate with Goth. gadaban to be fit, O.N. dafna to grow strong, Du. deftig important, relevant …   Etymology dictionary

  • deft — adj. adept, skillful; dexterous, agile, nimble …   English contemporary dictionary

  • deft — *dexterous, adroit, handy Analogous words: nimble, *agile, brisk: *quick, ready, apt, prompt: skillful, skilled, adept, *proficient: sure, assured, *confidçnt Antonyms: awkward Contrasted words: clumsy, maladroit, inept, gauche (see …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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