Meaning of SKILL in English


skill 1

/skil/ , 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; expertness; 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; discernment.

5. Obs. reason; cause.

[ 1125-75; ME skil distinction, difference; c. D geschil difference, quarrel. See SKILL 2 ]

Syn. 1. proficiency, facility. 2. deftness, cleverness.

Ant. 1. inability.

skill 2

/skil/ , v.i. Archaic.

1. to matter.

2. to help; avail.

[ 1150-1200; ME skilien skilja to distinguish, divide, akin to skil (see SKILL 1 ), OE scylian to separate, Goth skilja butcher, Lith skélti to split ]

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