- having skill; trained or experienced in work that requires skill.
- showing, involving, or requiring skill, as certain work.
Origin of skilled
- to matter.
- to help; avail.
Origin of skill2
Examples from the Web for skilled
The North Korean hackers have proven to be a persistent adversary, if not the most skilled one.Obama Could Hit China to Punish North Korea
Shane Harris, Tim Mak
December 20, 2014
One that has been repeated in my life so much that I am now skilled in completely erasing it.The Unbearable Whiteness of Protesting
Rawiya Kameir, Judnick Mayard
December 10, 2014
Medicaid is required to cover people in skilled nursing facilities, that is, institutions.Medicaid Will Give You Money for At-Home Care, but You Might Wait Years
December 2, 2014
The novel is a gifted escape artist, skilled at shrugging off the chains of any definition.The Birth of the Novel
November 27, 2014
Physicians there are skilled enough to perform mid-trimester abortions, as well as procedures for women with fetal anomalies.Abortion in Missouri Is the Wait of a Lifetime
November 12, 2014
The youth's pale face flushed with the pride of the skilled workman.
Canst not give a name to it, and thou so skilled in leech-craft?
Take, for example, the prescience of a skilled business man.Understanding the Scriptures
He was a skilled man at this, none more so; nevertheless he failed.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Some scratch a little deeper than those who aren't so skilled or so strong.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
- possessing or demonstrating accomplishment, skill, or special training
- (prenominal) involving skill or special traininga skilled job
- 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
Word Origin and History for 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.).
late 12c., "power of discernment," from Old Norse skil "distinction, ability to make out, discernment, adjustment," related to skilja (v.) "to separate; discern, understand," from Proto-Germanic *skaljo- "divide, separate" (cf. Swedish skäl "reason," Danish skjel "a separation, boundary, limit," Middle Low German schillen "to differ," Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schele "separation, discrimination;" see shell (n.)). Sense of "ability, cleverness" first recorded early 13c.