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


[skil] /skɪl/
verb (used without object), Archaic.
to matter.
to help; avail.
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for skilled
  • Many were highly skilled machine operators in the textile industry.
  • Other discoveries reveal how skilled the early humans were.
  • He was a maestro of the laboratory, skilled in improving apparatuses and devising experiments.
  • Chronic problems include a shortage of skilled labor and a deficient infrastructure.
  • The empty canoes ran the rapids without mishap, each with two skilled paddlers.
  • The princess, skilled in the art of surgery, would not suffer any one but herself to touch her beloved husband.
  • The labor of the country was not skilled, nor allowed to become so.
  • There is a huge gap in the need for skilled workers, and those students who are preparing for that work.
  • The expansion of this system is considered vital for a nation in desperate need of skilled workers.
  • The low standard of education, for one thing, results in a dearth of skilled workers for what is a rapidly growing economy.
British Dictionary definitions for skilled


possessing or demonstrating accomplishment, skill, or special training
(prenominal) involving skill or special training: a skilled job


special ability in a task, sport, etc, esp ability acquired by training
something, esp a trade or technique, requiring special training or manual proficiency
(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

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.).



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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