Deftly Deft"ly, adv. [Cf. {Defly}.] Aptly; fitly; dexterously; neatly. ``Deftly dancing.'' --Drayton. [1913 Webster]

Thyself and office deftly show. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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  • deftly — mid 15c., from DEFT (Cf. deft) + LY (Cf. ly) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • deftly — adv. Deftly is used with these verbs: ↑avoid, ↑manipulate, ↑manoeuvre …   Collocations dictionary

  • deftly — deft ► ADJECTIVE ▪ quick and neatly skilful. DERIVATIVES deftly adverb deftness noun. ORIGIN variant of DAFT(Cf. ↑daft), in the obsolete sense «meek» …   English terms dictionary

  • deftly — adverb 1. with dexterity; in a dexterous manner dextrously he untied the knots • Syn: ↑dexterously, ↑dextrously • Derived from adjective: ↑deft, ↑dextrous (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • deftly adv — I can no longer hear anything, said Tom deftly …   English expressions

  • deftly — adverb see deft …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • deftly — See deft. * * * …   Universalium

  • deftly — adverb in a deft manner, i.e. quickly and neatly in action Syn: skillfully Ant: unskillfully …   Wiktionary

  • deftly — Synonyms and related words: ably, adeptly, adroitly, agilely, aptly, artfully, artistically, brilliantly, capably, cleverly, competently, cunningly, dexterously, dextrously, efficiently, excellently, expertly, featly, handily, ingeniously,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • deftly — adv. proficiently, skillfully; dexterously, nimbly …   English contemporary dictionary

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