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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