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skillful

[skil-fuh l]
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adjective
  1. having or exercising skill: a skillful juggler.
  2. showing or involving skill: a skillful display of fancy diving.
  3. Obsolete. reasonable; rational.
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Also especially British, skil·ful.

Origin of skillful

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at skill1, -ful
Related formsskill·ful·ly, adverbskill·ful·ness, nounqua·si-skill·ful, adjectivequa·si-skill·ful·ly, adverb

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1. ready, adroit, deft, adept, apt, clever, ingenious.

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.

Antonyms

1. awkward, clumsy, amateurish.
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skillful

adj.

also skilful, early 14c., from skill + -ful. Related: Skillfully; skilfully.

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