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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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  • They are skillful hunters that stalk their prey on the ground and from branches of trees.
  • The cute little creature requires a lot of ingenuity to foil because he is persistent, intelligent, and skillful.
  • Depending upon how sophisticated and skillful you are, you can ape the mannerisms of a famous author as an inside joke.
  • The error is in using speculative happy thoughts related to the crisis as examples of skillful redirection.
  • Remember, even the skillful can lose, so marbles also teach about calculating risks and when to take chances.
  • skillful liars try to mimic honesty, as the article suggests.
  • Much of our current food, such as corn, comes from some skillful breeding and selection done long ago.
  • He was a regular reader of biographies and, he knew, a skillful writer.
  • Disreputable developers, environmental devastation, overwrought characters and skillful farce.
  • He has a strong work ethic, is a great teacher of the game and is skillful at relating to his players.
British Dictionary definitions for skillful

skilful

/ˈskɪlfʊl/
adjective
1.
possessing or displaying accomplishment or skill
2.
involving or requiring accomplishment or skill
Derived Forms
skilfully, (US) skillfully, adverb
skilfulness, (US) skillfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for skillful
adj.

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

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