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skilled

[skild] /skɪld/
adjective
1.
having skill; trained or experienced in work that requires skill.
2.
showing, involving, or requiring skill, as certain work.
Origin of skilled
1545-1555
1545-55; skill1 + -ed3
Related forms
multiskilled, adjective
nonskilled, adjective
overskilled, adjective
underskilled, adjective
well-skilled, adjective
Synonyms
1. See skillful.

skill2

[skil] /skɪl/
verb (used without object), Archaic.
1.
to matter.
2.
to help; avail.
Origin
1150-1200; Middle English skilien < Old Norse skilja to distinguish, divide, akin to skil (see skill1), Old English scylian to separate, Gothic skilja butcher, Lithuanian skélti to split
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  • It may take a skilled eye to discover the differences, but differences there are.

    Outwitting Our Nerves Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
  • Take, for example, the prescience of a skilled business man.

    Understanding the Scriptures Francis McConnell
  • As for mechanics and skilled labour generally, such Jews as take to it usually excel in such work and do very well where they are.

    Pan-Islam George Wyman Bury
  • Some scratch a little deeper than those who aren't so skilled or so strong.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • Nevertheless his general air was of an out-of-door man, competent and skilled in the open.

    The Rules of the Game Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for skilled

skilled

/skɪld/
adjective
1.
possessing or demonstrating accomplishment, skill, or special training
2.
(prenominal) involving skill or special training: a skilled job

skill

/skɪl/
noun
1.
special ability in a task, sport, etc, esp ability acquired by training
2.
something, esp a trade or technique, requiring special training or manual proficiency
3.
(obsolete) understanding
Derived Forms
skill-less, skilless, adjective
Word Origin
C12: from Old Norse skil distinction; related to Middle Low German schēle, Middle Dutch geschil difference
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Word Origin and History for skilled
adj.

past participle adjective from skill (v.) "to have personal and practical knowledge" (c.1200), from Old Norse skilja "separate, part, divide; break off, break up; part company, take leave; discern, distinguish; understand, find out; decide, settle," from the source of skill (n.).

skill

n.

late 12c., "power of discernment," from Old Norse skil "distinction, ability to make out, discernment, adjustment," related to skilja (v.) "to separate; discern, understand," from Proto-Germanic *skaljo- "divide, separate" (cf. Swedish skäl "reason," Danish skjel "a separation, boundary, limit," Middle Low German schillen "to differ," Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schele "separation, discrimination;" see shell (n.)). Sense of "ability, cleverness" first recorded early 13c.

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