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[ uhn-skild ]


  1. of or relating to workers who lack technical training or skill.
  2. not demanding special training or skill:

    unskilled occupations.

  3. exhibiting a marked lack of skill or competence:

    an unskilled painting; an unskilled writer.

  4. not skilled skill skilled or expert:

    He was unskilled in the art of rhetoric.


/ ʌnˈskɪld /


  1. not having or requiring any special skill or training

    an unskilled job

    unskilled workers

  2. having or displaying no skill; inexpert

    he is quite unskilled at dancing

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Word History and Origins

Origin of unskilled1

First recorded in 1575–85; un- 1 + skilled

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Example Sentences

As a small boy working alongside his parents, doing labor that was often described, incorrectly, as “unskilled,” I felt ashamed of who I was.

Much infrastructure is very different than our images of New Deal projects, where you have thousands of unskilled men working with picks by the side of the road.

America's labor shortage crisis has been exacerbated by immigration restrictions that have reduced the number of both skilled and unskilled workers.

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In a flashback to a season three episode, for example, Kim, a notoriously unskilled and reluctant dancer, performs with the Pussycat Dolls in Vegas.

Those who weren’t as networked — the homeless, the elderly, single mothers, and unskilled immigrants — slipped increasingly out of sight.

But the urban workforce is not often a friendly place for young, unskilled and under-trained Chinese women.

The only good explanation for Katya was to claim that her now former lawyers were unskilled.

The US economy has changed in ways that make it more difficult for the unskilled to rise.

But he had shown at the nationals in Salt Lake City the previous year that he was only good, not great, tough but unskilled.

So while college graduates are having trouble getting college-style jobs, the unskilled workers are doing even worse.

Private employers complain of scarcity and the unreliability of the unskilled labourer.

To others it means three dollars a day for unskilled labor, fire, clothes, and something to eat.

One took his fancy, he had been fond of music and not unskilled; this was a piece of Scarlatti, showy, foreign.

For unskilled feet to approach those levels is almost certain death.

The seekers of homesteads include men of better stuff than the job-seekers attracted by high wages for unskilled labor.





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