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ADJECTIVE (1)

1. skillful in physical movements; especially of the hands;
- Example: "a deft waiter"
- Example: "deft fingers massaged her face"
- Example: "dexterous of hand and inventive of mind"
[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. [1913 Webster] Let me be deft and debonair. --Byron. [1913 Webster] 2. dexterous; clever; handy; as, a deft feat of legerdemain. [PJC] The limping god, so deft at his new ministry. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

deft 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]
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