Also, especially British, skilful
1250–1300; Middle English;
skillfully, adverbskillfulness, nounquasi-skillful, adjectivequasi-skillfully, adverb
ready, adroit, deft, adept, apt, clever, ingenious. Skillful, skilled, expert
refer to readiness and adroitness in an occupation, craft, or art. Skillful
suggests especially adroitness and dexterity: a skillful watchmaker. Skilled
implies having had long experience and thus having acquired a high degree of proficiency: not an amateur but a skilled worker. Expert
means having the highest degree of proficiency; it may mean much the same as skillful
or both: expert workmanship.
See also dexterous
awkward, clumsy, amateurish.