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

1175–1225; Middle English; variant of daft

deftly, adverb
deftness, noun
undeft, adjective

See dexterous. Unabridged
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deft (dɛft)
quick and neat in movement; nimble; dexterous
[C13 (in the sense: gentle): see daft]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. gedæfte "mild, gentle," differentiated in M.E. into daft (q.v.) and this word, via sense of "apt, skillful, adept."

mid-15c., from deft (q.v.).
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Example sentences
Each is a deftly woven tale of corruption and desperation.
When an object is partially hidden, the brain deftly reconstructs it .
He repeated the exercise with a mango, deftly avoiding the large flat pit.
It has skilfully taken advantage of globalisation, deftly responding to
  changing markets and transport routes.
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