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  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 or expert: He was unskilled in the art of rhetoric.
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Origin of unskilled

First recorded in 1575–85; un-1 + skilled
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  1. not having or requiring any special skill or trainingunskilled workers; an unskilled job
  2. having or displaying no skill; inexperthe is quite unskilled at dancing
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Word Origin and History for unskilled


1580s, from un- (1) "not" + skill.

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