What is another word for deft?

Pronunciation: [dˈɛft] (IPA)

Deft is a word that describes someone who is skilled or proficient in a particular task or activity. Synonyms for this adjective include adept, adroit, clever, skilled, proficient and skilled. These words indicate an individual who is highly competent and successful in their duties, whether it be in a creative, technical or physical field. Other synonyms for deft include dexterous, nimble, quick-witted, talented, handy and accomplished. These terms all highlight the qualities of someone who is efficient and skilled in their job or profession. Whether you are describing a chef, musician, athlete or artist, deft is a word that denotes impressive talents and abilities in any field.

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What are the hypernyms for Deft?

A hypernym is a word with a broad meaning that encompasses more specific words called hyponyms.

What are the opposite words for deft?

Deft is an adjective that is commonly used to describe someone's efficiency, skill or dexterity. However, there are several antonyms that can be used to describe the opposite of deft. One such antonym is clumsy, which means lacking skill or grace. The term awkward can also be used to describe the opposite of deft. It represents an uncomfortable or embarrassing lack of smoothness or ease. Other antonyms of deft include ungainly, uncoordinated, inexpert, inept and bumbling. All these words indicate an inability to perform any skillful or precise action, thus contrasting with the meaning of deft.

Usage examples for Deft

During the morning, when she was not engaged in the schoolroom, Miss Tredgold stayed by the little girl's side, and mended the burnt dress, cutting out a new sleeve and putting it in with deft, clever fingers.
"Girls of the Forest"
L. T. Meade
She shot up the blind with a deft movement.
"Girls of the Forest"
L. T. Meade
With deft and gentle hands Laura helped her to dress, and Lady Bell nodded approval.
"Only One Love, or Who Was the Heir"
Charles Garvice

Famous quotes with Deft

  • Clinton's fakery was so deft and deeply ingrained that it was impossible to tell where it ended and the real Bill Clinton began. This constituted a kind of political genius.
    Rich Lowry
  • Poetry is: a classifying, a botanizing, a voracity of contemplation, a pleasure, an indulgence, an infatuation in which the actual is a deft benficence.
    Marianne Moore
  • Each day he wrought and better than he planned, Shape breeding shape beneath his restless hand. (The soul without still helps the soul within, And its deft magic ends what we begin.)Each day saw the birth Of various forms, which, flung upon the earth, Seemed harmless toys to cheat the exacting hour, But were as seeds instinct with hidden power.
    George Eliot
  • Chrétien is nothing if not versatile: popular, recherché, allusive, insistent, arch, naïve, racy and demure...He has a dramatist's flair for the handling of dialogue, a deft and economic way with characterization, the sharp confidence of the logician in his handling of rhetorical figures and the self-assurance of the entertainer in the deployment of humour (he is master of the verbal nudge). It is his essential vivacity that one misses most in his imitators.
    Chrétien de Troyes
  • As for 'story' I never yet did enjoy a novel or play in which someone didn't tell me afterward that there was something wrong with the story, so that's going to be no drawback as far as I'm concerned. "Good Lord, why am I so bored"—"I know; it must be the plot developing harmoniously." So I often reply to myself, and there rises before me my special nightmare—that of the writer as craftsman, natty and deft.
    E. M. Forster

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