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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Just after halftime, Valeri scored a skillful, difficult goal befitting of the Timbers' all-time leading goal-scorer. oregonlive, "Portland Timbers trounce LA Galaxy 6-3, improve league-best away goals record," 7 Oct. 2020 Here was a president who was a skillful enough political prestidigitator to prove that America was exceptional. John Dos Passos, National Review, "Reminiscences of a Middle-Class Radical," 28 Sep. 2020 The Marxists who are so skillful in the detection and the isolation of heresies used to inveigh against one particular heresy that pleased me particularly. John Dos Passos, National Review, "Reminiscences of a Middle-Class Radical," 28 Sep. 2020 With the aid of these tax privileges, along with some skillful management and a reconfiguration of the property portfolio into more lucrative urban land, Duchy profits have mushroomed during the Queen’s reign. David Mcclure, Town & Country, "A Closer Look at Queen Elizabeth’s Most Elusive Estate: The Duchy of Lancaster," 26 Sep. 2020 The 10-track record is a flow of skillful verses delivered by Mooke Da God (aka Rodney Mynatt), nestled within bubbly, danceable beats created by producer Broken Keys (aka, Tommy Sheridan). Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Mooke Da God releases debut solo album ‘Twenty Thirty’," 25 Sep. 2020 That's due to a winning script by co-creators Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson and the skillful direction of Dean Parisot of Galaxy Quest fame. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Bill and Ted Face the Music," 28 Aug. 2020 It’s a complicated and terrific story, and Berfield tells it with an extremely skillful blend of wide-canvas exposition and small-scale personal drama. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘The Hour of Fate’ untangles complex trust-busting history," 12 June 2020 Joe Biden is a skillful debater with years of experience who will short-circuit within minutes at this year’s face offs. Ryan Teague Beckwith,, "QAnon Backer Gets Path to Congress as Foe Quits: Campaign Update," 11 Sep. 2020

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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 27 Oct. 2020.

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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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