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

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 This influx of rural Black residents, most unskilled and lacking education, increased poverty in the Black communities in a number of Southern cities. New York Times, 8 June 2022 According to Lehmann, being an unskilled or poor listener might affect one’s life in a few ways. Mark Travers, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Many who immigrate to the United States have to start their careers in lower-wage jobs, and they are looked down upon and dismissed as unskilled and unintelligent. NBC News, 31 Jan. 2022 Kelly Cunningham, San Diego Institute for Economic Research HURT: Preventing employers from hiring inexperienced and/or unskilled workers deprives them of the capacity to attain work skills and obtain experience. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 May 2022 But real wages for unskilled workers have been declining at an accelerating rate this year. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 6 May 2022 Skilled technicians may not see wage increases as great as unskilled labor, for example, or vice versa. Bill Conerly, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 This is not an excuse to DIY or bring in an unskilled pro, Hotarek cautions. Jamie Gold, Forbes, 3 May 2022 Paris is described in the Iliad as unskilled and cowardly, epitomized by his decision to use a bow and arrow in the Trojan War rather than engage in hand-to-hand combat. Meghan O'gieblyn, Wired, 6 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of unskilled

1559, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unskilled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unskilled. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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