having or exercising skill
: a skillful juggler.
showing or involving skill
: a skillful display of fancy diving.
Obsolete. reasonable; rational.
Origin: 1250–1300; Middle English; Related forms
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
1. awkward, clumsy, amateurish.