skillful

adjective skill·ful \ ˈskil-fəl \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of skillful

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

skillfully

play \ˈskil-fə-lē\ adverb

skillfulness

noun

Examples of skillful in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of skillful from the Web

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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

SKILLFUL Defined for English Language Learners

skillful

adjective

Definition of skillful for English Language Learners

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

  • : showing or requiring skill


SKILLFUL Defined for Kids

skillful

adjective skill·ful \ ˈskil-fəl \

Definition of skillful for Students

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

skillfully

\-fə-lē\ adverb


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