[ skild ]
/ skɪld /


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

Origin of skilled

First recorded in 1545–55; skill1 + -ed3

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See skillful.

Definition for skilled (2 of 2)


[ skil ]
/ skɪl /

verb (used without object) Archaic.

to matter.
to help; avail.

Origin of skill

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for skilled (1 of 2)


/ (skɪld) /


possessing or demonstrating accomplishment, skill, or special training
(prenominal) involving skill or special traininga skilled job

British Dictionary definitions for skilled (2 of 2)


/ (skɪl) /


special ability in a task, sport, etc, esp ability acquired by training
something, esp a trade or technique, requiring special training or manual proficiency
obsolete understanding

Derived Forms

skill-less or skilless, adjective

Word Origin for skill

C12: from Old Norse skil distinction; related to Middle Low German schēle, Middle Dutch geschil difference
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