No one since Garbo has been so deft at ducking fans, especially most of the writers and critics prophesizing with their pens.
Yet despite the gruff manner and partisan bluster, Frank is a deft and serious legislator.
In his deft and wise book, Haass tackles such questions front and center.
Old English gedæfte "mild, gentle," differentiated in Middle English into daft (q.v.) and this word, via sense of "apt, skillful, adept." Cognate with Gothic gadaban "to be fit," Old Norse dafna "to grow strong," Dutch deftig "important, relevant."