- Chiefly British. skillful.
- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for skillful on Thesaurus.com
1. ready, adroit, deft, adept, apt, clever, ingenious.
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.
1. awkward, clumsy, amateurish.
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Examples from the Web for skilful
Unlike Thatcher, he had been skilful at PMQ while opposition leader, and he carried it over into his own government.Prime Ministers vs. Parliament: Winners & Losers
David A. Graham
July 20, 2011
But they were again outmanoeuvred by the skilful dispositions of Agis.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
These pages may serve to record the actions of brave and skilful men.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
He was an impetuous leader; but he was skilful too; he never lost his head.The Boy Life of Napoleon
The envelope had been tampered with by a skilful manipulator.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
Oh, he's too clever, too skilful by far to have taken the robe.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- possessing or displaying accomplishment or skill
- involving or requiring accomplishment or skill
Word Origin and History for skilful
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