V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: skillful and quick

Synonyms: dexterous, adroit, adept, able, agile, handy, nimble, skillful, quick

Antonyms: clumsy, awkward

Tips: Deft means "skillful," but also denotes being quick and adept. To do something deftly means "to do it skillfully." Deft is synonymous with adroit and adept. All three words mean "skillful." Adroit is mentally and physically skillful (almost posessing natural skill), while adept is skillful from experience. Deft is skillful plus clever and fast. Deft is an even greater compliment as it denotes skill and intelligence, as well as cleverness, speed, and control. The adverb form of deft, deftly, is used more commonly than the adjective. Adept would usually be a better option to describe a person with skill.

Usage Examples:

Using tiny lasers, the surgeon deftly removed the small tumor from the surrounding healthy flesh. (skillfully, nimbly) adverb

Susie's deftness at caring for her patients made her their favorite nurse. (skill, dexterity) noun

My grandmother's deft knitting skills always produced beautiful scarves and sweaters. (adroit, skillful)

She enjoys her job as a bartender because she's deft at mixing cocktails and handling the customers. (skillful, quick, able)

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