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 skillful (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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Climate models are also usually skillful in simulating heat waves. Xubin Zeng, The Conversation, 2 Sep. 2021 This requires you to be more skillful at getting others to step up and stretch to accomplish difficult goals. Joseph Folkman, Forbes, 7 June 2021 But Chargers scouts headed by Tom Telesco have found several impressive playmakers who are tall and skillful for their role. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Oct. 2021 The skillful needlework outlines the figure of famed Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo. Arkansas Online, 1 Oct. 2021 For theater lover Ben Hoffman, 35, of Edgewater, not even the most skillful digital production can replicate the energy radiating from the stage and towards bodies in plush velvet seats. Mary Carole Mccauley,, 15 Sep. 2021 His skillful management of the phraseology surrounding the epochal shift in monetary policy will go down as a classic case study in superior message control, and therefore superior public policy. George Calhoun, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 Two offseasons ago Telesco took a big gamble on veteran Bryan Bulaga, signing the skillful but durability-challenged former Green Bay Packers right tackle. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Sep. 2021 The rising teen rockers of Horsegirl kicked the day off with their skillful no-wave, which sounded especially huge outdoors in Union Park. Justin Curto, Vulture, 14 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of skillful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Skillful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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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


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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