Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Possessing or exercising skill; expert. See Synonyms at proficient.
  • adj. Characterized by, exhibiting, or requiring skill.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Possessing skill.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Discerning; reasonable; judicious; cunning.
  • adj. Possessed of, or displaying, skill; knowing and ready; expert; well-versed; able in management; ; -- often followed by at, in, or of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. etc. See skilful, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. done with delicacy and skill
  • adj. having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude

Etymologies

From Middle English skilful, skylfull, scelvol, equivalent to skill +‎ -ful. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • So skillful is this manipulation that, despite the deliberate poverty of means in the novel's construction, Our Horses in Egypt still tells an affecting story, both in the half concerning Griselda's finally hopeless effort to bring Philomena back alive and in that focusing on the Palestine campaign.

    Narrative Strategies

  • The survey is entitled ranking of unexpected traits in skillful people, suggesting what habits people would not expect to see in successful employees.

    Taspo killing cigarette vending machines

  • 'And while the harmonious arrangement of the skillful is marvellous, the jumble made by the unskilled is grotesque.'

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro

  • The First Great Mystery of China: How skillful is the leadership?

    Postcards From Tomorrow Square

  • While I did not pay for, authorize, nor supervise their dam project, I think they would be highly offended that you call their skillful use of natures building materials "debris."

    HUMOUR: The Damn Dam!

  • They believe that the Soviet Union is peace loving because it says so and because it says so repeatedly in skillful, clever and sophisticated ways until the real record is forgotten.

    The Soviet's Objectives—Facts and Fancies

  • At a diminutive 5 feet 7 inches, the German defender Phillipp Lahm is often described as skillful, heady and tenacious.

    NYT > Home Page

  • While I did not pay for, nor authorize, their dam project, I think they would be highly offended you call their skillful use of natural building materials "debris."

    New Urban Legends

  • And that’s only the start: there is the Greener Grass technique, the Diverted Question, the Russian Doll, Sugar Lumps, not to mention Forking and the Good Chance Guess — all of which, when put together in skillful combination, can convince even the most skeptical observer that he or she is in the presence of real insight.

    Dangerous Minds « Isegoria

  • "Pete's known as a skillful problem solver," Obama said.

    Obama makes it official: Rahm to Rouse

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