adjective skill·ful \ˈskil-fəl\

: having the training, knowledge, and experience that is needed to do something well : having a lot of skill

: showing or requiring skill

Full Definition of SKILLFUL

:  possessed of or displaying skill :  expert <a skillful chef>
:  accomplished with skill <a skillful treatment>
skill·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb
skill·ful·ness noun

Examples of SKILLFUL

  1. He is skillful at diplomacy.
  2. an artist skillful in the use of color
  3. the skillful manner in which the doctor and nurses treated the patient
  4. These issues require skillful handling.

First Known Use of SKILLFUL

14th century

Synonym Discussion of SKILLFUL

proficient, adept, skilled, skillful, expert mean having great knowledge and experience in a trade or profession. proficient implies a thorough competence derived from training and practice <proficient in translating foreign languages>. adept implies special aptitude as well as proficiency <adept at doing long division>. skilled stresses mastery of technique <a skilled surgeon>. skillful implies individual dexterity in execution or performance <skillful drivers>. expert implies extraordinary proficiency and often connotes knowledge as well as technical skill <expert in the evaluation of wines>.

Rhymes with SKILLFUL

SKILLFULLY Defined for Kids


adjective skill·ful \ˈskil-fəl\

Definition of SKILLFUL for Kids

:  having or showing ability :  expert <a skillful gardener>
:  done or made with ability <a skillful dive>
skill·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb


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