adverb. ['ˈdɛftli'] with dexterity; in a dexterous manner.
- -ly (English)
- -lice (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
- deft (English)
- defte (Middle English (1100-1500))
Rhymes with Deftly
Sentences with deftly
The large, strong and paddle-like flippers that loggerhead turtles possess allow them to swim deftly through the ocean.
Quotes about deftly
1. There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner. Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts. Inside you they work their magic.
- Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale