from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Quick and skillful; adroit. See Synonyms at dexterous.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Quick and neat in action; skillful
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Apt; fit; spruce; neat.
- adj. dexterous; clever; handy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Simple; meek; modest.
- Apt or dexterous; neat in action or performance; subtly clever or skilful.
- Neat; spruce; trim.
- Foolish; daft. See daft.
- An abbreviation of defendant.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. skillful in physical movements; especially of the hands
Middle English, gentle, humble, variant of dafte, foolish; see daft.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English defte, daft ("gentle"), from Old English gedæfte, from common Proto-Germanic *gadafta-, derived from *dab- ("be suitable"), from Proto-Indo-European *dhabh- (“fitting, fit together”). Near cognates include Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐌳𐍉𐍆𐍃 (gadōfs, "suitable"). Further cognates include Russian добро (dobro, "good") and Latin faber ("craftsman; skillful"). (Wiktionary)