adjective, deft·er, deft·est.
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OTHER WORDS FROM deftdeft·ly, adverbdeft·ness, nounun·deft, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for deft
The “domestic battery” sentence above works well here, transforming from serious to silly with some deft wordplay.
Freed from locomotion, our arms and hands could become defter at creating and manipulating tools.‘First Steps’ shows how bipedalism led humans down a strange evolutionary path|Riley Black|April 14, 2021|Science News
Moss has a deft hand with the stream-of-consciousness format through which she presents each character, from a mother sneaking out for a dawn run to a teen escaping his family with some alone time on a kayak.
I scream to my silent squadmates when the shot connects, leaving only a shower of sparks and debris as evidence of my deft maneuver.Star Wars: Squadrons Crams Tons of Fun in a Tiny Cockpit|Patrick Lucas Austin|October 19, 2020|Time
This deft, delicately wrought story is Murakami at his best.
Conversation starter: will that Financial Times piece about his data kill our deft and dashingly accented Prince Oberyn?How to Think About Economic Inequality After Thomas Piketty|Jedediah Purdy|June 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Bush was particularly deft at offering irresistible new programs and activities at steep, steep discounts.
His deft hand with makeup and eyebrow grooming has made him somewhat of a Hollywood legend.
What at first seems simply a deft homage comes to assume a dismal complexity.
With a deft movement the conductor unhooks the board, and calmly walks away with it under his arm.
Recovering his breath, Jim snatches the knife at his side, and with a few deft strokes releases the metal.
Nina had a vision of Prothero standing over the little thing, his long deft hands trembling as he performed this office.The Creators|May Sinclair
Then, with deft fingers, she shook them loose while the man came suddenly close to her, his eyes studying her face in surprise.The Woman Gives|Owen Johnson
With a deft twist and flip he tossed the open noose over his prisoner's upheld wrists and jerked it tight.Blazed Trail Stories|Stewart Edward White