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  1. having skill; trained or experienced in work that requires skill.
  2. showing, involving, or requiring skill, as certain work.
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Origin of skilled

First recorded in 1545–55; skill1 + -ed3
Related formsmul·ti·skilled, adjectivenon·skilled, adjectiveo·ver·skilled, adjectiveun·der·skilled, adjectivewell-skilled, adjective

Synonym study

1. See skillful.
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Examples from the Web for well-skilled

Historical Examples

  • Oh for one hour of Wallace wight Or well-skilled Bruce to rule the fight.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley

  • Hall is a well-skilled man, and, for the rest, fear not: I will watch him.

    Eric Brighteyes

    H. Rider Haggard

  • It is normal mid-wifery you want to know and be well-skilled in.

  • Dotzauer was also well-skilled in composition, and attempted it in various forms.

    The Violoncello and Its History

    Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski

  • And he also cast his eyes upon kings devoted to the practice of virtue and well-skilled in ruling their subjects.

British Dictionary definitions for well-skilled


  1. possessing or demonstrating accomplishment, skill, or special training
  2. (prenominal) involving skill or special traininga skilled job
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Word Origin and History for well-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.).

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