1. deft

adjective. ['ˈdɛft'] skillful in physical movements; especially of the hands.


  • dexterous
  • adroit


  • artless
  • nonmechanical
  • unmechanical


  • defte (Middle English (1100-1500))

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Rhymes with Deft

  • antitheft
  • kreft
  • cleft
  • bereft
  • theft
  • tefft
  • neft
  • left
  • heft

How do you pronounce deft?

Pronounce deft as dɛft.

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Sentences with deft

1. Adjective
Applying stains or using stencils to create intricate designs requires a deft touch and attention to detail.

2. Noun, singular or mass
Chicken's lean white meat demands a deft touch to avoid the dreaded rubbery chicken syndrome.

3. Verb, past tense
Some modern fencing, crisp black and white paint, and deft vintage-modern design choices can do wonders.

Quotes about deft

1. Back in 2004, Kellie Overbey handed me her play 'Girl Talk' to read. I fell in love with her brutally delicious humor and the fearlessly deft way in which she drew her characters. They jumped off the page and begged me to give them a space in which to stomp around.
- Carrie Preston

2. Here,"Myrnin said, his voice still gentle and low. "Amelie said you had to work. No one said you had to work alone."He picked up the next part and slotted it in, took the screwdriver from Claire's numbed fingers, and fastened it with a couple of deft, fast movements. "I'll be your hands."She wanted to cry, because it was so sweet, but it wouldn't do any good.
- Rachel Caine, Ghost Town