Colbert has deftly hosted benefits and other shows and given hilarious and poignant commencement speeches.
The Countess deftly steered the lifeboat, a resolute and unlikely vision in her ermine and pearls.
In her new memoir, Lena Dunham deftly articulates many of the concerns facing women her age.
By bringing everything up, right now, Kerry does an end run around that tradition, while also deftly avoiding any specifics.
Starlet is a coming-of-age story, and Hemingway deftly maneuvers from the role of a relatable kid to a caring young woman.
This little plush cushion had been deftly fashioned for him, doubtless, by some veiled Fatmah or Zorah.
She rose and sat up, deftly winding her loosened hair about her head.
He remembered once being by while she replaced one of its ribs so deftly that he seemed to be looking on at a surgical operation.
Marietta lifted the cover of the box and unrolled them deftly.
Her eye lighting on a gourdful of water on the puncheon table, she tore a strip from her dress and washed and bound me deftly.
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."