skilful

[ skil-fuh l ]
/ ˈskɪl fəl /

adjective

Chiefly British. skillful.

Related forms

skil·ful·ly, adverbskil·ful·ness, noun

Definition for skilful (2 of 2)

skillful

[ skil-fuhl ]
/ ˈskɪl fəl /

adjective

having or exercising skill: a skillful juggler.
showing or involving skill: a skillful display of fancy diving.
Obsolete. reasonable; rational.
Also especially British, skil·ful.

Origin of skillful

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at skill1, -ful

SYNONYMS FOR skillful

ANTONYMS FOR skillful

Related forms

skill·ful·ly, adverbskill·ful·ness, nounqua·si-skill·ful, adjectivequa·si-skill·ful·ly, adverb

Synonym study

1. 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.
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British Dictionary definitions for skilful

skilful

US skillful

/ (ˈskɪlfʊl) /

adjective

possessing or displaying accomplishment or skill
involving or requiring accomplishment or skill

Derived Forms

skilfully or US skillfully, adverbskilfulness or US skillfulness, noun
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