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
Recent Examples on the Web But in order to help meet demand, HHSC needs both skilled and unskilled volunteers to help build houses. Megan Becka, cleveland, 19 June 2021 Don Cunningham, the chief executive of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, says the warehouse jobs are lifting employment and wages, particularly for unskilled workers. New York Times, 26 May 2021 The Fed wants to see men and women, young and old, the skilled and unskilled, and persons of all ethnic groups experience favorable employment conditions. Dana Peterson For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 8 May 2021 The researchers placed the student volunteers—who were acting as unskilled roofing workers—in a virtual environment to simulate roofing work. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 26 Apr. 2021 Kicking one of every six unskilled workers to the curb in order to raise the incomes of the rest is, however, a terrible trade-off economically, socially, and morally. Stephen J. K. Walters, National Review, 7 Apr. 2021 A single zero-day vulnerability in the hands of hackers usually sets them apart from the unskilled masses. Andy Greenberg, Wired, 20 Mar. 2021 Thirty-three percent have openings for skilled workers (up 5 points) and 16 percent have openings for unskilled labor (up 4 points). James Freeman, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2021 Why here, exactly, in a city known less for its technical chops than its many unskilled workers? Greg Jefferson, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of unskilled

1559, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unskilled was in 1559

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22 Jun 2021

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“Unskilled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unskilled. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unskilled

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


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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