adjective, deft·er, deft·est.
Origin of deft
Examples from the Web for deftness
Her writing on books and the arts has been impressive in its breadth, depth, and deftness.Pamela Paul Talks Future of New York Times Book Review|Steve Kettmann|April 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Suleiman's deftness and ability to win the trust of all parties have earned him high marks in Israel.
The deftness of Smith's drafts(wo)manship can often be overlooked in her E.T.-proportioned figures.
Jack made it seem so easy that the boys were amazed at the deftness with which he steered the boat.Bob Hunt in Canada|George W. Orton
But not one of the collection will bore you; there is about them all too nice a deftness, too happy a gift of phrase.
The deftness of her fingers filled him with an unfamiliar, half-inquisitive wonder.The Masquerader|Katherine Cecil Thurston
When my touch had mastered a certain sureness and deftness I planned a nude of Boy with the idea of later executing it in marble.My Actor-Husband|Anonymous
Such an affair as the present, staged with a deftness that was almost beautiful, lay beyond her powers and those of her friends.Howards End|E. M. Forster
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."