1. having skill; trained or experienced in work that requires skill.
  2. showing, involving, or requiring skill, as certain work.

Origin of skilled

First recorded in 1545–55; skill1 + -ed3
Related formsmul·ti·skilled, adjectivenon·skilled, adjectiveo·ver·skilled, adjectiveun·der·skilled, adjectivewell-skilled, adjective

Synonym study

1. See skillful. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for multi-skilled


  1. possessing or trained in more than one skill or area of expertise


  1. possessing or demonstrating accomplishment, skill, or special training
  2. (prenominal) involving skill or special traininga skilled job
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Word Origin and History for multi-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.).

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