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Definition of "deft" []

  • Quick and skillful; adroit. See Synonyms at dexterous. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "deft" in a sentence
  • "It referred to a deft turn of hand that transferred bad assets, or repainted them to make the books of the owner of said troubled assets look better."
  • "Later comes a young greenkeeper carrying a very long, supple, tawny cane: he swishes it all over the circle of dewy grass in deft half-moons, sending up a shower of diamondy drops at every stroke."
  • "Take Secretary Baker’s jawboning of the dollar since the Plaza Agreement of 1985, which he describes as the deft execution of bad policy."