[ skild ]
/ skɪld /


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

Nearby words

  1. skilfully,
  2. skill,
  3. skill set,
  4. skill-less,
  5. skillcentre,
  6. skilled labor,
  7. skilless,
  8. skillet,
  9. skillful,
  10. skillfully

Origin of skilled

First recorded in 1545–55; skill1 + -ed3

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See skillful.


[ 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

Examples from the Web for skilled

British Dictionary definitions for skilled


/ (skɪld) /


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


/ (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 Formsskill-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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Word Origin and History for skilled
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