deft

[deft]
adjective, defter, deftest.
dexterous; nimble; skillful; clever: deft hands; a deft mechanic.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English; variant of daft

deftly, adverb
deftness, noun
undeft, adjective


See dexterous.
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deft (dɛft)
 
adj
quick and neat in movement; nimble; dexterous
 
[C13 (in the sense: gentle): see daft]
 
'deftly
 
adv
 
'deftness
 
n

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deft
O.E. gedæfte "mild, gentle," differentiated in M.E. into daft (q.v.) and this word, via sense of "apt, skillful, adept."
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Example sentences
But as long as the deft bird-catcher has other choices, he is probably clever
  enough to limit the violence.
The natural look of the landscape conceals deft craftsmanship.
He swiftly explained the tactical situation with deft scribbles on the plastic
  overlay covering a large topographical map.
It features deft directing, stellar acting and breathtaking scenery.
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