Definition of deftly in English:


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  • 1In a way that is neatly skillful and quick in movement.

    ‘her fingers moved deftly, quickly parting the grass’
    • ‘Lizzy deftly weaves her way through the crowd’
    • ‘He deftly navigates the world's meanest island in a hang-glider.’
    • ‘The film shows a pair of nimble, experienced hands framed in close-up, deftly preparing an impossibly lovely meal.’
    • ‘The trawler drivers drove away their boats quickly and deftly, precluding more damage.’
    • ‘William leapt off the horse and tied it quickly and deftly to the fence post.’
    • ‘Your baby is on all fours, wobbling yes, but deftly maneuvering around the living room furniture.’
    • ‘Soon enough you'll have evolved your own ability to the point when you can deftly flick the ball over the advancing goalkeeper.’
    • ‘Birds usually just decide to be airborne then leap deftly into the air.’
    • ‘Vincent was playing the guitar, his strong brown fingers moving deftly across the strings.’
    • ‘The persistence paid off when 14 minutes later, Springer scored again from a low shot placed deftly into the far left corner of the net.’
    • ‘Walsh fastened on to a corner from Arrigan and deftly side-stepped two defenders before planting the ball low past Keoghan.’
    1. 1.1In a clever way.
      ‘he has deftly handled the flak he's received’
      • ‘the show's writers deftly balance humor and grief’
      • ‘The film is thoughtful, charming and deals deftly with race relations and fatherhood.’
      • ‘His insult would have been unforgivable if it hadn't been delivered deftly, with a smile and a Bengali lawyer's wit and charm.’
      • ‘Leigh's novel plays deftly with appearances and apparitions.’
      • ‘In his memoir, Verghese moves deftly between portrayals of himself as outsider and insider.’
      • ‘The old characters have been updated deftly and there are some pretty good new ones.’
      • ‘Ranging deftly among philosophy and literary history, his first chapter is a solid foundation for the rest of the book.’
      • ‘The new work feels risky and adventurous, employing a range of techniques and motifs, and deftly combining the seductive with the rugged.’
      • ‘This movie is so deftly directed and wonderfully acted that it can be enjoyed as a sumptuous spectacle of unconventional costumed camp.’
      • ‘Hughes deftly kept tensions within the Administration under control.’
      • ‘Most importantly, this book deftly shows the role of history-making as a tool of cultural identity.’



/ˈdeftlē/ /ˈdɛftli/