Definition of deft in English:

deft

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Pronunciation: /dɛft
 
/

adjective

Derivatives

deftly

adverb
More example sentences
  • 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.

deftness

noun
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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