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adj. Chiefly British
Variant of skillful.


(ˈskɪlfʊl) or


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


(ˈskɪl fəl)

Chiefly Brit. skillful.


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.
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"


بَارِعماهِر، بارِع
fagmannlegur; haglegur
tài giỏi


skillful (US) [ˈskɪlfʊl] ADJhábil, diestro (at, in en)


[ˈskɪlfʊl] (British) skillful (US) adjhabile, adroit(e)


, (US) skillful
adjgeschickt; piano-playing etc alsogewandt; sculpture, painting etckunstvoll; jobfachgerecht


skillful (Am) [ˈskɪlfʊl] adjabile


(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-).


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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She had intended to make the old ones do by skilful patching.
Under the skilful blows of their axes, in a few moments the vast body of drift began to disintegrate, and then to swing round and move towards the old channel.
One was a map of the Pyncheon territory at the eastward, not engraved, but the handiwork of some skilful old draughtsman, and grotesquely illuminated with pictures of Indians and wild beasts, among which was seen a lion; the natural history of the region being as little known as its geography, which was put down most fantastically awry.
At about the centre of the oaken panels that lined the hall was suspended a suit of mail, not, like the pictures, an ancestral relic, but of the most modern date; for it had been manufactured by a skilful armourer in London, the same year in which Governor Bellingham came over to New England.
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.
The other was a most artful deceiver, and could be understood only by such as were skilful enough to detect his cun- ningly-devised frauds.
And now it is deluged with a nectarous flood--the young germs swamped--delicious poison cankering them: now I see myself stretched on an ottoman in the drawing-room at Vale Hall at my bride Rosamond Oliver's feet: she is talking to me with her sweet voice--gazing down on me with those eyes your skilful hand has copied so well--smiling at me with these coral lips.
Disposing these articles about him in skilful manner, he bestowed a parting defiance on Mrs.
I soon became at least as expeditious and as skilful as either of the other boys.
As when a Ship by skilful Stearsman wrought Nigh Rivers mouth or Foreland, where the Wind Veres oft, as oft so steers, and shifts her Saile; So varied hee, and of his tortuous Traine Curld many a wanton wreath in sight of EVE, To lure her Eye; shee busied heard the sound Of rusling Leaves, but minded not, as us'd To such disport before her through the Field, From every Beast, more duteous at her call, Then at CIRCEAN call the Herd disguis'd.
On these terms they lived; and their character, influenced accordingly, was watchful, suspicious, and timid yet obstinate, uncomplying, and skilful in evading the dangers to which they were exposed.
My mistress had a daughter of nine years old, a child of towardly parts for her age, very dexterous at her needle, and skilful in dressing her baby.