ETYM Old Eng. daft, deft, becoming, mild, gentle, stupid (cf. Old Eng. daffe, deffe, fool, coward), AS. daeft (in derivatives only) mild, gentle, fitting, seasonable; akin to dafen, gedafen, becoming, fit, Goth. gadaban to be fit. Related to Daft, Daff, Dapper.
1. Quick and skillful in movement.
2. Skillful in physical movements; especially of the hands; SYN. dexterous, dextrous.
ETYM Latin delicatus pleasing the senses, voluptuous, soft and tender; akin to deliciae delight: cf. French délicat. Related to Delight.
1. Difficult to handle; requiring great tact; SYN. ticklish.
2. Easily broken or damaged or destroyed; SYN. fragile, frail.
3. Easily hurt; SYN. soft.
4. Exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury.
5. Marked by great skill especially in meticulous technique.
6. Said of an instrument or device: capable of registering minute differences or changes precisely.
1. For or composed of women or girls
2. Characteristic of or peculiar to a woman; SYN. distaff.
3. (Biology) Being the sex (of plant or animal) that produces fertilizable gametes (ova) from which offspring develop
1. Very thin in gauge or diameter; SYN. tenuous.
2. Minutely precise especially in differences in meaning
3. Of texture; being small-grained or smooth to the touch or having fine particles
4. Very small
5. Characterized by elegance or refinement
6. Superior in skill or ability or accomplishment
7. Superior to the average; SYN. good.
8. Trained to the highest degree of physical excellence
9. Used ironically; SYN. pretty.
10. (Metallurgy) Having a high or specified degree of purity; SYN. f.
1. Characterized by mercy, and compassion; SYN. merciful.
3. Expressing sympathy.
4. Having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior
5. Helpful to other people
7. Showing consideration and anticipation of needs; SYN. thoughtful.
8. Tolerant and forgiving under provocation; SYN. tolerant.
ETYM French sensitif. Related to Sense.
1. Having acute mental or emotional sensibility.
2. Hurting; SYN. sore, tender.
3. Responsive to physical stimuli.
4. Used officially of classified information or matters affecting national security.
ETYM French saure, sore, sor; faucon sor a sore falcon. Related to Sorrel.
1. Tender to the touch; susceptible of pain from pressure.
2. (Figurative) Sensitive; tender; easily pained, grieved, or vexed.
3. Severe; afflictive; distressing.
1. Physically untoughened; SYN. untoughened.
2. Susceptible to physical or emotional injury; SYN. vulnerable.
3. Given to sympathy or gentleness or sentimentality
4. Easy to cut or chew
5. (Of plants) Not hardy; easily killed by adverse growing condition