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Meaning of DEFT

Pronunciation:  deft

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  skillful in physical movements; especially of the hands; "a deft waiter"; "deft fingers massaged her face"; "dexterous of hand and inventive of mind"
  2. [adj]  quick and skillful in movement

DEFT is a 4 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: adroit, dexterous, dextrous, graceful



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.''

      The limping god, so deft at his new ministry. --Dryden.

      Let me be deft and debonair.             --Byron.

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