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deft

[deft] /dɛft/
adjective, defter, deftest.
1.
dexterous; nimble; skillful; clever:
deft hands; a deft mechanic.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English; variant of daft
Related forms
deftly, adverb
deftness, noun
undeft, adjective
Synonyms
See dexterous.
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deft

/dɛft/
adjective
1.
quick and neat in movement; nimble; dexterous
Derived Forms
deftly, adverb
deftness, noun
Word Origin
C13 (in the sense: gentle): see daft
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Word Origin and History for un deft

deft

adj.

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."

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