Origin of deftMiddle English defte, dafte: see daft
An example of deft is a person who can walk across a tightrope with ease.
Origin of deftMiddle English dafte, defte gentle, humble, well-mannered from Old English dafte meek
(comparative defter, superlative deftest)
From Middle English defte, daft (“gentle”), from Old English dæfte, ġedæfte (“mild, gentle, meek”), from Proto-Germanic *daftuz (“accommodating, convenient”), derived from *dabaną (“to be suitable”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰabʰ- (“fitting, fit together”). Near cognates include Gothic (gadōfs, “suitable”). Further cognates include Russian добро (dobro, “wealth, good”) and Latin faber (“craftsman; skillful”).
- However, not everyone has a deft hand for the application and some skill is involved.
- Perhaps no other genre of music is so deft at laying love on the table - from first love to long-lasting love, lost love, and of course, cheating hearts.
- However, both PlayStation and Xbox have suffered the same fate, cracked by deft programmers and by allowing their founding companies to fall prey to piracy.
- The loss of the Meletta-Badenecche positions Deft another salient exposed to Austrian attack.