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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A month prior to the WannaCry outbreak, the group dumped the highly reliable Eternal Blue in a form that could be used by even unskilled hackers. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Warnings of world-wide worm attacks are the real deal, new exploit shows," 5 June 2019 Not to mention, an unskilled waxer could affect your brow shape forever. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "12 Must-Know Things to Consider Before Waxing Your Face," 30 Apr. 2019 Some saw the nation building itself along the line of some of the Asian nations, which boasted a small technologically advanced segment in the midst of a large agrarian or unskilled worker population, on the model of India or Indonesia. Nan Randall, The Atlantic, "'Charlottesville': A Government-Commissioned Story About Nuclear War," 25 Jan. 2018 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

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First Known Use of unskilled

1559, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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