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adj. Chiefly British
Variant of skillful.
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(ˈskɪlfʊl) or


1. possessing or displaying accomplishment or skill
2. involving or requiring accomplishment or skill
ˈskilfully, ˈskillfully adv
ˈskilfulness, ˈskillfulness n
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(ˈskɪl fəl)

Chiefly Brit. skillful.
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1. 'skilful'

Someone who is skilful at something does it very well.

They are a great team with a lot of skilful players.
As an artist, he was very skilful with a pencil.

Skilful is spelled skillful in American English.

2. 'skilled'

Use skilled in front of a noun to describe someone who has been trained to do a particular kind of work and does it very well.

It takes four years to train a skilled engineer.
We need more skilled workers in this country.

You also use skilled in front of a noun to describe work that can only be done by a skilled person.

He was only interested in highly-paid, skilled work.
Weaving was a very skilled job, requiring a five-year apprenticeship.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.skilful - having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitudeskilful - having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude; "adept in handicrafts"; "an adept juggler"; "an expert job"; "a good mechanic"; "a practiced marksman"; "a proficient engineer"; "a lesser-known but no less skillful composer"; "the effect was achieved by skillful retouching"
skilled - having or showing or requiring special skill; "only the most skilled gymnasts make an Olympic team"; "a skilled surgeon has many years of training and experience"; "a skilled reconstruction of her damaged elbow"; "a skilled trade"
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بَارِعماهِر، بارِع
fagmannlegur; haglegur
tài giỏi


skillful (US) [ˈskɪlfʊl] ADJhábil, diestro (at, in en)
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[ˈskɪlfʊl] (British) skillful (US) adjhabile, adroit(e)
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, (US) skillful
adjgeschickt; piano-playing etc alsogewandt; sculpture, painting etckunstvoll; jobfachgerecht
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skillful (Am) [ˈskɪlfʊl] adjabile
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(skil) noun
1. cleverness at doing something, resulting either from practice or from natural ability. This job requires a lot of skill.
2. a job or activity that requires training and practice; an art or craft. the basic skills of reading and writing.
ˈskilful adjective
having, or showing, skill. a skilful surgeon; It was very skilful of you to repair my bicycle.
ˈskilfully adverb
ˈskilfulness noun
skilled adjective
(negative unskilled).
1. (of a person etc) having skill, especially skill gained by training. a skilled craftsman; She is skilled at all types of dressmaking.
2. (of a job etc) requiring skill. a skilled trade.
skilful is spelt with -l- (not -ll-).
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بَارِع zručný dygtig geschickt επιδέξιος hábil taitava adroit vješt abile 熟練した 숙련된 vakkundig dyktig zręczny habilidoso искусный duktig ซึ่งมีความชำนาญ becerikli tài giỏi 娴熟的
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But is the just man or the skilful player a more useful and better partner at a game of draughts?
And he who is most skilful in preventing or escaping from a disease is best able to create one?
Young speedily proved himself to be a skilful administrator as well as a resolute chief.
He was a man of a practical turn of mind, keen in his dealings and skilful with his hands.
In an instant it reared up upon its hind legs with a snort of rage, and pranced and tossed in a way that would have unseated any but a most skilful rider.
But the skilful manner in which Dantes had handled the lugger had entirely reassured him; and then, when he saw the light plume of smoke floating above the bastion of the Chateau d'If, and heard the distant report, he was instantly struck with the idea that he had on board his vessel one whose coming and going, like that of kings, was accompanied with salutes of artillery.
Two months and a half elapsed in these trips, and Edmond had become as skilful a coaster as he had been a hardy seaman; he had formed an acquaintance with all the smugglers on the coast, and learned all the Masonic signs by which these half pirates recognize each other.
Again and again to such gamesome talk, the dexterous dart is repeated, the spear returning to its master like a greyhound held in skilful leash.
Let us explain more clearly what is meant by skilful handling.
These things are useful in the management of one's affairs; to be skilful in the nature of cattle, which are most profitable, and where, and how; as for instance, what advantage will arise from keeping horses, or oxen, or sheep, or any other live stock; it is also necessary to be acquainted with the comparative value of these things, and which of them in particular places are worth most; for some do better in one place, some in another.
He said that they were starting new journey of progress and prosperity by making unemployed people skilful.
He said that skilful education is mandatory for the refugees before their return to enable them to earn their livelihood.