deft

[ deft ]
/ dɛft /

adjective, deft·er, deft·est.

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

Origin of deft

1175–1225; Middle English; variant of daft

Related forms

deft·ly, adverbdeft·ness, nounun·deft, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for deftness

deft

/ (dɛft) /

adjective

quick and neat in movement; nimble; dexterous

Derived Forms

deftly, adverbdeftness, noun

Word Origin for deft

C13 (in the sense: gentle): see daft
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