Meaning of “deft” in the English Dictionary

"deft" in English

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deftadjective

uk /deft/ us /deft/
deftly
adverb uk /ˈdeft.li/ us /ˈdeft.li/

He deftly (= skilfully) caught the ball.
deftness
noun [ U ] uk /ˈdeft.nəs/ us /ˈdeft.nəs/

(Definition of “deft” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"deft" in American English

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deftadjective [ -er/-est only ]

us /deft/

skillful, effective, and quick:

He cut some logs up for firewood with a few deft strokes of his ax.
deftly
adverb us /ˈdef·tli/

She deftly answered the tough questions.

(Definition of “deft” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)