intransitive verb \ˈskil\

Definition of SKILL

:  to make a difference :  matter, avail

Origin of SKILL

Middle English skilen, from Old Norse skilja to separate, divide; akin to Old Norse skil distinction
First Known Use: 13th century



: the ability to do something that comes from training, experience, or practice

Full Definition of SKILL

obsolete :  cause, reason
a :  the ability to use one's knowledge effectively and readily in execution or performance
b :  dexterity or coordination especially in the execution of learned physical tasks
:  a learned power of doing something competently :  a developed aptitude or ability <language skills>
skill–less or skil·less \ˈskil-ləs\ adjective
skill–less·ness or skil·less·ness noun

Examples of SKILL

  1. Poker is a game of luck and skill.
  2. The work is difficult and requires a lot of skill.
  3. Cooking is a useful skill.
  4. He has excellent social skills.

Origin of SKILL

Middle English skil, from Old Norse, distinction, knowledge; probably akin to Old English scylian to separate, sciell shell — more at shell
First Known Use: 13th century


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