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Etymology

From Middle English defte, daft (gentle), from Old English gedæfte (mild, meek), from common Proto-Germanic *gadafta-, derived from *dab- (be suitable), from Proto-Indo-European *dhabh- (fitting, fit together). Near cognates include Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐌳𐍉𐍆𐍃 (gadōfs), suitable). Further cognates include Russian добро (dobro), good) and Latin faber (craftsman; skillful).

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Adjective

deft (comparative er, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
deft

Comparative
er

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

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