Deft definition

dĕft
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Quick and skillful; adroit.
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Skillful in a quick, sure, and easy way; dexterous.
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The definition of deft is nimble, skillful or quick.

An example of deft is a person who can walk across a tightrope with ease.

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Quick and neat in action; skillful.

He assembled it in one fluid, deft motion.

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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
deft
Comparative:
defter
Superlative:
deftest

Origin of deft

  • Middle English dafte, defte gentle, humble, well-mannered from Old English dafte meek

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary