Deft
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Deft

English

Etymology

From Middle English defte, daft ("gentle"), from Old English dæfte ("mild, gentle, meek"), from Proto-West Germanic *daft? ("fitting, suitable"), derived from *daban? ("to be suitable"), from Proto-Indo-European *d?h?eb?- ("fitting, fit together"). Near cognates include Gothic (gad?fs, "suitable"), West Frisian deftich ("distinguished"), Dutch deftig ("distinguished"), German deftig ("coarse"). Further cognates include Russian (dobro, "wealth, good") and Latin faber ("craftsman; skillful").

Pronunciation

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /d?ft/
  • Rhymes: -?ft
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Adjective

deft (comparative defter, superlative deftest)

  1. Quick and neat in action; skillful.
    He assembled it in one fluid, deft motion.

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