adjective, deft·er, deft·est.
Origin of deft
Examples from the Web for deft
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
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.
In his deft and wise book, Haass tackles such questions front and center.The End of the Illusion: America Finally Learns Its Limits|Jacob Heilbrunn|April 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He had heard the "plop" of a deft plunge, and looked in time only to see the spreading rings near the shore.Two Little Savages|Ernest Thompson Seton
With a deft movement the conductor unhooks the board, and calmly walks away with it under his arm.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist|Alexander Berkman
In a deft move the sub-machine gun's sling slipped from the desert man's shoulder and the short, vicious gun was in hand.Black Man's Burden|Dallas McCord Reynolds
With a deft turn, the boy brought his plane about and set her skirting that shore.Riddle of the Storm|Roy J. Snell
With deft fingers, Dave doubled the cord provided by Ben, and tied one end to the head railing of the brass bedstead.Dave Porter and His Rivals|Edward Stratemeyer
Word Origin for deft
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."