Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: adjective

Neat and skilful; handy; apt; clever.

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Usage examples "deft":

  1. More than once the watcher nodded in quick approval of a skilful turn or deft manoeuvre. - "From the Car Behind", Eleanor M. Ingram.
  2. She looked again at the doctor as he knelt on the floor and worked with deft fingers over Jean, and something in those grey hairs, in that kindly face, even if it were so grave now, gave her a little courage- surely, surely he would not let Jean die; she looked at the man who, too, was kneeling beside Jean- but he meant nothing to her, she could only wonder why he was there; she looked at Paul Valmain- and shuddered. - "The Belov├ęd Traitor", Frank L. Packard.
  3. An alert, quick- moving, deft- handed person- valuable qualities, you will admit. - "Shorty McCabe on the Job", Sewell Ford.