UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈskɪlfʊl/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(skilfəl)

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
skill•ful  (skilfəl),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. having or exercising skill:a skillful juggler.
  2. showing or involving skill:a skillful display of fancy diving.
  3. [Obs.]reasonable* rational.
Also,[esp. Brit.,] skilful.  skillful•ly, adv. 
skillful•ness, n. 
  • 1250–1300; Middle English; see skill1, -ful
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged ready, adroit, deft, adept, apt, clever, ingenious.
      Skillful, skilled, expert refer to readiness and adroitness in an occupation, craft, or art.
      Skillful suggests esp. 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. 
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged awkward, clumsy, amateurish.

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
skill1 /skɪl/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. the knowledge or ability to do something well: [uncountable]She showed great skill in handling difficult problems.[countable]the skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening in a foreign language.
  2. a craft, trade, or job requiring special training:[countable]the skills of glassblowing.
skill•ful, adj.: a skillful way of dealing with people.
skill•ful•ly, adv.: She had skillfully persuaded him to accept her ideas.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
skill1  (skil),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the ability, coming from one's knowledge, practice, aptitude, etc., to do something well:Carpentry was one of his many skills.
  2. competent excellence in performance;
    dexterity:The dancers performed with skill.
  3. a craft, trade, or job requiring manual dexterity or special training in which a person has competence and experience:the skill of cabinetmaking.
  4. [Obs.]understanding;
  5. [Obs.]reason;
  • Old Norse skil distinction, difference; cognate with Dutch geschil difference, quarrel. See skill2
  • Middle English 1125–75
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged proficiency, facility.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged deftness, cleverness.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged inability.

skill2  (skil),USA pronunciation v.i. [Archaic.]
  1. to matter.
  2. to help;
  • Old Norse skilja to distinguish, divide, akin to skil (see skill1), Old English scylian to separate, Gothic skilja butcher, Lithuanian skélti to split
  • Middle English skilien 1150–1200

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