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deft

[ deft ]
/ dɛft /
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adjective, deft·er, deft·est.

dexterous; nimble; skillful; clever: deft hands; a deft mechanic.

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Origin of deft

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English; variant of daft

synonym study for deft

See dexterous.

OTHER WORDS FROM deft

deft·ly, adverbdeft·ness, nounun·deft, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for deft

deft
/ (dɛft) /

adjective

quick and neat in movement; nimble; dexterous

Derived forms of deft

deftly, adverbdeftness, noun

Word Origin for deft

C13 (in the sense: gentle): see daft
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