adjective, deft·er, deft·est.
Origin of deft
Examples from the Web for deftly
Nothing does it quite like deftly decapitating a bottle of bubbly with a gleaming blade.
Soviet forces had deftly enveloped the German 4th and 9th Armies, annihilating some 28 divisions.
In her new memoir, Lena Dunham deftly articulates many of the concerns facing women her age.
Yes, Burns and Ward have produced an Intimate History that deftly weaves together the personal and the political.
Colbert has deftly hosted benefits and other shows and given hilarious and poignant commencement speeches.Yes, Stephen Colbert Will Be Great as Host of CBS’s ‘Late Night’|Pete Dominick|April 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Bernice deftly amputated the other braid, paused for an instant, and then flitted swiftly and silently back to her own room.Flappers and Philosophers|F. Scott Fitzgerald
Marietta lifted the cover of the box and unrolled them deftly.Country Neighbors|Alice Brown
Must have been prepared for it, as they had a weapon, used it deftly, and carried it off.In the Onyx Lobby|Carolyn Wells
Whenever he was disposed to become uncomfortably inquisitive he was deftly steered clear of the troubled waters.Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons|Henry Charles Mahoney
Then he must smoke two or three cigarettes, which he deftly rolls with his dirty yellow fingers.