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Deft definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DEFT, a. Neat; handsome; spruce; ready; dextrous; fit; convenient.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: skillful in physical movements; especially of the hands; "a deft waiter"; "deft fingers massaged her face"; "dexterous of hand and inventive of mind" [syn: deft, dexterous, dextrous]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Etymology: Middle English defte gentle more at daft Date: 15th century characterized by facility and skill Synonyms: see dexterous deftly adverb deftness noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. neatly skilful or dextrous; adroit. Derivatives: deftly adv. deftness n. Etymology: ME, var. of DAFT in obs. sense 'meek'

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Deft Deft, a. [OE. daft, deft, becoming, mild, gentle, stupid (cf. OE. daffe, deffe, fool, coward), AS. d[ae]ft (in derivatives only) mild, gentle, fitting, seasonable; akin to dafen, gedafen, becoming, fit, Goth. gadaban to be fit. Cf. Daft, Daff, Dapper.] Apt; fit; dexterous; clever; handy; spruce; neat. [Archaic or Poetic] ``The deftest way.'' --Shak. ``Deftest feats.'' --Gay. The limping god, so deft at his new ministry. --Dryden. Let me be deft and debonair. --Byron.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(defter, deftest) A deft action is skilful and often quick. (WRITTEN) With a deft flick of his foot, Mr Worth tripped one of the raiders up. ADJ deftly One of the waiting servants deftly caught him as he fell. ADV deftness ...Dr Holly's surgical deftness and experience.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Dexterous, skilful, clever, apt, adroit, ready, expert, dab (colloq.). 2. Neat, pretty.

Moby Thesaurus

Daedalian, adept, adroit, agile, apt, artistic, authoritative, bravura, brilliant, brisk, clean, clever, coordinated, crack, crackerjack, cunning, cute, daedal, dexterous, dextrous, diplomatic, excellent, expert, fancy, fleet, good, goodish, graceful, handy, ingenious, magisterial, masterful, masterly, neat, neat-handed, nimble, no mean, politic, professional, proficient, prompt, quick, quite some, ready, resourceful, skillful, slick, some, statesmanlike, stylish, tactful, the compleat, the complete, virtuoso, well-done, workmanlike




 


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