skill·​ful | \ ˈskil-fəl How to pronounce skillful (audio) \

Definition of skillful

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

Other Words from skillful

skillfully \ ˈskil-​fə-​lē How to pronounce skillful (audio) \ adverb
skillfulness noun

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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

Examples of skillful in a Sentence

He is skillful at diplomacy. an artist skillful in the use of color the skillful manner in which the doctor and nurses treated the patient These issues require skillful handling.
Recent Examples on the Web But the younger Rangers are energetic, skillful and opportunistic. New York Times, 1 June 2022 This part of their personality is innate and skillful and can be used in fulfilling ways. Glamour, 27 May 2022 Still, with a formidable cast, assured direction and skillful camerawork, Nostalgia proves to be a surprisingly absorbing film, one that could find audiences outside of Italy. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 May 2022 People with this condition need compassion from friends and family, and skillful care from knowledgeable practitioners, who can be hard to find. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 16 May 2022 Anton Karl, convicted for theft and embezzlement during the Weimar Republic, became head of the Nazi Labor Front’s construction department, known for his skillful use of bribery to gain contracts. Ruth Ben-ghiat, The New Republic, 15 Apr. 2022 The picture resonates far beyond its clear demonstration of skillful figurative paint-handling. Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 The first season pioneered the slick, skillful intermixing of fact and fiction that has been its trademark ever since. New York Times, 1 May 2022 Many of the actor's famous friends replied to the video, commenting on Ben's skillful moves. Georgia Slater,, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of skillful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Skillful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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skill·​ful | \ ˈskil-fəl How to pronounce skillful (audio) \

Kids Definition of skillful

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

Other Words from skillful

skillfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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