from The Century Dictionary.

  • Aptly; fitly; neatly; dexterously; in a skilful manner.
  • Softly; leisurely.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb Aptly; fitly; dexterously; neatly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In a deft manner; quickly and neatly in action.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb with dexterity; in a dexterous manner
  • adverb in a deft manner


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deft +‎ -ly



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