defter

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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