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Definition skillful
  • She painted with deft, swift touches.
deft = skillful
  • Deft fingers massaged her face.
  • deft = skillful
  • The tragedy began quietly enough, and like many another talk, by the man's deft assertion of his superiority.
    Forster, E. M.  --  Howards End
  • deft = skillful
  • But men do call him a right deft hand at quarterstaff.
    Pyle, Howard  --  The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
  • His head bent over the guitar, his fingers deft, the music a language both mysterious and beautiful, would move David to tears.
    Kim Edwards  --  The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  • deft = skillful
  • He popped some sunflower seeds into his mouth, deftly removed the shells with his teeth, and spat them into Stanley's hole.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • deftly = in a skillful manner
  • He popped some sunflower seeds in his mouth, deftly chewed them, and spat out the shells.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • deftly = in a skillful manner
  • Frederic's hands were strong and deft.
    Kim Edwards  --  The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  • Her movements were deft and focused.
    Kim Edwards  --  The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  • She had cut the fingertips from her gloves, and she moved around the stove with deft efficiency, poking at some eggs in the frying pan.
    Kim Edwards  --  The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  • The patterns were as familiar to him now as Paul's long deft fingers, moving with such sureness over the strings, weaving music in the air.
    Kim Edwards  --  The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  • She watched his hands move deftly, swiftly, stripping the bark, and her heart surged.
    Kim Edwards  --  The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  • There might be opportunity for a deft and ripping thrust of paw into the tender, unguarded belly.
    London, Jack  --  White Fang
  • deft = skillful
  • With a deft gesture, he rearranged it.
    Christie, Agatha  --  The Mysterious Affair at Styles
  • deft = skillful
  • His hand was under the coat for but a moment, yet those quick, deft fingers had felt of each coin, and found and discarded the fatal piece.
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  The Return of Tarzan
  • deft = skillful
  • Phil's fingers were deft, and the result was a dress which was the envy of every Redmond girl.
    Montgomery, Lucy Maud  --  Anne of The Island
  • Of deft design, to please a lordly eye:
    Eliot, George  --  Middlemarch
  • deft = skillful
  • The woman deftly plucks out the few she needs, and then presses into Orleanna's hand a gift: the tiny wooden okapi, perfectly carved.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • The girls went out with torches in their hands and soon deftly made up a double bed.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • It required a sophistication unavailable to me, and some deft manipulation of the voices around her.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye

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