skillful

adjective
skill·​ful | \ ˈskil-fəl How to pronounce skillful (audio) \

Definition of skillful

1 : possessed of or displaying skill : expert a skillful chef
2 : accomplished with skill a skillful treatment

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Other Words from skillful

skillfully \ ˈskil-​fə-​lē How to pronounce skillfully (audio) \ adverb
skillfulness noun

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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

Examples of skillful in a Sentence

He is skillful at diplomacy. an artist skillful in the use of color the skillful manner in which the doctor and nurses treated the patient These issues require skillful handling.
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Also on this day, your skillful planetary ruler, Mercury, comes home to Gemini. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What May's Gemini Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Apr. 2019 That left only Defense Secretary James Mattis from the original team of non-Trumpian senior officials willing and skillful enough to steer the president away from his basic instincts. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "Don’t Be Shocked: Trump Is Being Trump," 24 Dec. 2018 The fact that Bertolucci is able to deploy such a skillful tapestry of cinematic and artistic techniques in order to tell that story just makes its political message that much darker. Aja Romano, Vox, "Why Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Conformist still resonates today," 3 Dec. 2018 Azmoun is skillful in the air and on the ground, flashing surprising quickness and a keen eye for goal. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "From Tolisso to Lozano, players to watch in Russia 2018," 13 June 2018 Most meteorologists agree that the European model is the most skillful. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "Why weather forecasters still struggle to get the big storms right," 6 Apr. 2018 The resort’s grounds, hard hit by Hurricane Maria last year, have seen the skillful reintroduction of more than 300,000 native plants. David Jefferys, Condé Nast Traveler, "Puerto Rico's Dorado Beach Is a Bit of Bali, Three Hours from Home," 12 Nov. 2018 But although the motor battle was gratifyingly free from fatalities and injuries, there were plenty of accidents which might easily, with less skillful handling of cars or less luck, have had a sad ending. sandiegouniontribune.com, "The Great Exposition Road Race," 10 Jan. 2018 What should seem like a clarifying moment of truth, of startling geopolitical insight, feels instead like a screenwriter’s skillful contrivance. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Violent, self-admiring sequel 'Sicario: Day of the Soldado' gets lost in the desert," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of skillful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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skillful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of skillful

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

skillful

adjective
skill·​ful | \ ˈskil-fəl How to pronounce skillful (audio) \

Kids Definition of skillful

1 : having or showing ability : expert a skillful gardener
2 : done or made with ability a skillful dive

Other Words from skillful

skillfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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