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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Deft  \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.'' 
  --Gay. 
 
  The  limping  god,  so  deft  at  his  new  ministry.  --Dryden. 
 
  Let  me  be  deft  and  debonair.  --Byron. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  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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