Definition of deft adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//deft//
    ; NAmE NAmE//deft//
    Position and movement
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  1. 1(of a person’s movements) skilful and quick deft hands/fingers/footwork He finished off the painting with a few deft strokes of the brush. In one, deft movement, he had her hand locked behind her back. See related entries: Position and movement
  2. 2skilful her deft command of the language
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: variant of daft, in the obsolete sense ‘meek’.
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