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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
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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