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skillful

[skil-fuh l] /ˈskɪl fəl/
adjective
1.
having or exercising skill:
a skillful juggler.
2.
showing or involving skill:
a skillful display of fancy diving.
3.
Obsolete. reasonable; rational.
Also, especially British, skilful.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see skill1, -ful
Related forms
skillfully, adverb
skillfulness, noun
quasi-skillful, adjective
quasi-skillfully, adverb
Synonyms
1. 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 skilled, or both: expert workmanship. See also dexterous.
Antonyms
1. awkward, clumsy, amateurish.
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Word Origin and History for skill-fully

skillful

adj.

also skilful, early 14c., from skill + -ful. Related: Skillfully; skilfully.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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