deft

deft

(dft), a. [OE. daft, deft, becoming, mild, gentle, stupid (cf. OE. daffe, deffe, fool, coward), AS. dft (in derivatives only) mild, gentle, fitting, seasonable; akin to dafen, gedafen, becoming, fit, Goth. gadaban to be fit. Cf. Daft, Daff, Dapper.] 1. Apt; fit; spruce; neat. [Archaic or Poetic] "The deftest way." Shak. "Deftest feats." Gay.
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Let me be deft and debonair.
Byron.
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2. dexterous; clever; handy; as, a deft feat of legerdemain.
[PJC]

The limping god, so deft at his new ministry.
Dryden.
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