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

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Middle English defte, daft "gentle", from Old English gedæfte "mild, meek", from common Germanic *gadafta-, derived from *dab- "be suitable", from Proto-Indo-European *dhabh- "fitting, fit together". Near cognates include Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐌳𐍉𐍆𐍃 (gadōfs) "suitable". Further cognates include Russian добро (dobro) "good" and Latin faber "craftsman; skillful".



en-adj er
  1. quick and neat in action; skillful
    He assembled it in one fluid, deft motion.


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