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
Without the deftness to get full value from his material, he had still a sharp
  eye for what was picturesque or dramatic.
Of course, the effort to appoint a partner needs to be handled with deftness
  and sensitivity.
He was the one who breathed deftness and grace into the actors' kicks and jumps.
But he posed one too many challenges to his ability to pull off feats of daring
  and deftness.
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