1. [syn: deft, dexterous, dextrous]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
deft \deft\ (d[e^]ft), 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.]
1. Apt; fit; spruce; neat. [Archaic or Poetic] "The deftest
way." --Shak. "Deftest feats." --Gay.
Let me be deft and debonair. --Byron.
2. dexterous; clever; handy; as, a deft feat of legerdemain.
The limping god, so deft at his new ministry.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
56 Moby Thesaurus words for "deft":
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