Definition of skilful in English:


(North American skillful)


  • Having or showing skill.

    ‘a skilful midfielder’
    • ‘In order to change this situation, Buddhism introduces the skillful means of meditation practice.’
    • ‘For thousands of years, this has been admired as the most skillful accomplishment in war.’
    • ‘They have been playing together for a long time, have a lot of experience and are a skilful side.’
    • ‘Brocklebank is big, strong, experienced and skilful, so his success was not unexpected.’
    • ‘You need to be able to show you were as skillful and competent with a gun as the average cop.’
    • ‘He is very smart and politically skillful, and his time as prime minister was very productive.’
    • ‘Do I beat my current boss and my potential future bosses to not only look good and competitive but skillful too?’
    • ‘However, our native driver Alhamdullilah, was skillful and experienced in desert driving.’
    • ‘He is rich, gifted, and skillful and is ready to discuss his emotions in detail.’
    • ‘Yes, they might very well be skillful and well trained, but she doesn't know that.’
    • ‘Another quality needed in the practice of Dharma is skillful means.’
    • ‘He was also a robust, competitive and skillful GAA player in both hurling and football.’
    • ‘The Romans learned the practice from the Carthaginians and quickly became very efficient and skillful at it.’
    • ‘There are not enough skilful, experienced cyclists on Britain's roads, however.’
    • ‘Not only is he a brilliantly skillful footballer, he is also captain and leader of this Czech side.’
    • ‘You are brilliant, active and skillful in professional ventures and gain repute in your field of activity.’
    • ‘He gives Meade a full and fair hearing, pronouncing him competent if not overly skillful.’
    • ‘Gazan became known as a skilful commander, capable of taking advantage of the most difficult situations.’
    • ‘This example of a Rococo clock shows just how skillful master wood carvers were at that time.’
    • ‘We also have to remember that many intelligence officers are trained to be skillful liars.’
    expert, accomplished, skilled, masterly, virtuoso, master, consummate, proficient, talented, gifted, adept, adroit, deft, dexterous, able, good, competent, capable, efficient, experienced, trained, practised, professional, polished, well versed, versed, smart, clever, ingenious, brilliant, ready, apt, handy, artful
    great, mean, wicked, nifty, crack, ace, wizard, genius
    a dab hand at
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