skilling

skilling

1 [skil-ing]

Origin:
1690–1700; < Danish; cognate with shilling

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skilling

2 [skil-ing]
noun

skill

2 [skil]
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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skill (skɪl)
 
n
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
 
[C12: from Old Norse skil distinction; related to Middle Low German schēle, Middle Dutch geschil difference]
 
'skill-less
 
adj
 
'skilless
 
adj

skilling (ˈskɪlɪŋ)
 
n
a former Scandinavian coin of low denomination
 
[C18: from Danish and Swedish; see shilling]

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skill
c.1175, "power of discernment," from O.N. skil "distinction, discernment," related to skilja (v.) "distinguish, separate," from P.Gmc. *skaljo- "divide, separate" (cf. M.L.G. schillen "to differ;" M.L.G., M.Du. schele "difference;" see shell). Sense of "ability, cleverness" first recorded c.1300.
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