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skill

verb \ ˈskil \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of skill

intransitive verb
archaic
: to make a difference : matter, avail

Recent Examples of skill from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of skill

Middle English skilen, from Old Norse skilja to separate, divide; akin to Old Norse skil distinction

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skill

noun

Definition of skill

1 obsolete : cause, reason
2 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
3 : a learned power of doing something competently : a developed aptitude or ability
  • language skills

skill-less

or skilless play \ˈskil-ləs\ adjective

skill-lessness

or skillessness noun

Examples of skill in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of skill from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of skill

Middle English skil, from Old Norse, distinction, knowledge; probably akin to Old English scylian to separate, sciell shell — more at shell

Synonym Discussion of skill

art, skill, cunning, artifice, craft mean the faculty of executing well what one has devised. art implies a personal, unanalyzable creative power.
    • the art of choosing the right word
skill stresses technical knowledge and proficiency.
    • the skill of a glassblower
cunning suggests ingenuity and subtlety in devising, inventing, or executing.
    • a mystery plotted with great cunning
artifice suggests technical skill especially in imitating things in nature.
    • believed realism in film could be achieved only by artifice
craft may imply expertness in workmanship.
    • the craft of a master goldsmith


SKILL Defined for English Language Learners

skill

noun

Definition of skill for English Language Learners

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


SKILL Defined for Kids

skill

noun \ ˈskil \

Definition of skill for Students

1 : ability that comes from training or practice
  • The band played with skill.
2 : a developed or acquired ability
  • The skill of diving can be learned.


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