deft

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From Middle English defte, daft (gentle), from Old English dæfte, ġedæfte (mild, gentle, meek), from Proto-Germanic *daftuz (accommodating, convenient), derived from *dabaną (to be suitable), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰabʰ- (fitting, fit together). Near cognates include Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐌳𐍉𐍆𐍃 (gadōfs, suitable). Further cognates include Russian добро (dobro, wealth, good) and Latin faber (craftsman; skillful).

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deft (comparative defter, superlative deftest)

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

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