unskilled

adjective
un·​skilled | \ ˌən-ˈskild How to pronounce unskilled (audio) \

Definition of unskilled

1 : not skilled in a branch of work : lacking technical training an unskilled worker
2 : not requiring skill unskilled jobs
3 : marked by lack of skill produced unskilled poems

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Examples of unskilled in a Sentence

an unskilled handling of the facial features in the portrait explains why it is attributed to “school of Velázquez” and not to the master himself hired unskilled workers because they would work for lower wages

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Another notable missing piece is a digital display, so there's no way for an enthusiastic but unskilled amateur to check the settings or even see your results immediately on the camera. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "The New Leica M10-D Is Delightfully (and Infuriatingly) Old-School," 6 Nov. 2018 Nor does comparing overflowing bankrolls to the earnings of unskilled or production workers, as the relative labor earnings measurement does. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "Is Jeff Bezos Really the Richest of Them All?," 10 Aug. 2018 Temporary work permits would be available to low-skilled and unskilled workers. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "Britain and EU Plan for Brexit Breakdown," 19 Dec. 2018 People who do manual labor, or unskilled work, also fall into this category. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Hurricane Florence is costing workers income. Blame federal labor laws.," 14 Sep. 2018 The participants were skilled and unskilled, immigrant and native-born, revolutionary and reformist. Livia Gershon, Longreads, "Clocking Out," 11 July 2018 Low-wage, unskilled workers are considered hourly workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the federal law that governs workers’ pay. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Hurricane Florence is costing workers income. Blame federal labor laws.," 14 Sep. 2018 Legacies of apartheid—the system of white-minority rule that ushered young black people toward unskilled jobs—are also contributing to the industry’s demise. Alexandra Wexler, WSJ, "South Africa Gold-Mining Companies Pay High Price to Keep Digging," 7 Oct. 2018 My boyfriend then took me to an unskilled provider who carried out a surgical procedure on me at 12 weeks. Josephine Sedgwick, New York Times, "‘I Couldn’t Tell Anyone’: Women Around the World Reveal Intimate Stories of Abortion," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of unskilled

1559, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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unskilled

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unskilled

: not having special skills : without training or education
: not requiring special skills or training

unskilled

adjective
un·​skilled | \ ˌən-ˈskild How to pronounce unskilled (audio) \

Kids Definition of unskilled

1 : not having skill unskilled workers
2 : not needing skill unskilled jobs

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