Definition of deft in English:


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Pronunciation: /dɛft


1Neatly skilful and quick in one’s movements: a deft piece of footwork
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  • Then, with a quick and deft movement, Viktor slapped Erik hard across the face.
  • We were even regaled by a lovely Thai dancer whose deft hand movements and graceful demeanour enthralled the group.
  • Women carrying babies, dancing in groups, peeling fresh pineapples with a few deft movements.
1.1Demonstrating skill and cleverness: the script was both deft and literate
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  • She also demonstrated a deft skill in reporting on daily activity.
  • If it sounds unbearable, then my deft skill at description remains tip top.
  • Adding a touch of thrill to the programme was a magic show by students who amazed visitors with their deft skills.
clever, shrewd, astute, canny, sharp, artful
informal nifty, nippy, mean, wicked, ace, wizard, crack, genius
rare habile


Middle English: variant of daft, in the obsolete sense 'meek'.



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  • She avoided them deftly and strode briskly up the hill, where her motorcycle was hidden.
  • While she handles humour deftly, her writing really shines when examining the interaction between men and women.
  • He deftly removes an overgrown branch without leaving a scar on the tree.


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  • A post-graduate in music and law, he handled the only percussion instrument to be featured with deftness of a master.
  • If you want a memoir where you're swept along by verbal deftness and narrative skill, look elsewhere.
  • Military strength is part of that power, but so is diplomatic deftness.

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