Definition of skillful in US English:

skillful

(British skilful)

adjective

  • Having or showing skill.

    ‘a skillful infielder’
    ‘his skillful use of propaganda’
    • ‘Gazan became known as a skilful commander, capable of taking advantage of the most difficult situations.’
    • ‘Do I beat my current boss and my potential future bosses to not only look good and competitive but skillful too?’
    • ‘This example of a Rococo clock shows just how skillful master wood carvers were at that time.’
    • ‘Brocklebank is big, strong, experienced and skilful, so his success was not unexpected.’
    • ‘You are brilliant, active and skillful in professional ventures and gain repute in your field of activity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They have been playing together for a long time, have a lot of experience and are a skilful side.’
    • ‘He gives Meade a full and fair hearing, pronouncing him competent if not overly skillful.’
    • ‘In order to change this situation, Buddhism introduces the skillful means of meditation practice.’
    • ‘He is very smart and politically skillful, and his time as prime minister was very productive.’
    • ‘We also have to remember that many intelligence officers are trained to be skillful liars.’
    • ‘He is rich, gifted, and skillful and is ready to discuss his emotions in detail.’
    • ‘Another quality needed in the practice of Dharma is skillful means.’
    • ‘However, our native driver Alhamdullilah, was skillful and experienced in desert driving.’
    • ‘He was also a robust, competitive and skillful GAA player in both hurling and football.’
    • ‘Yes, they might very well be skillful and well trained, but she doesn't know that.’
    • ‘You need to be able to show you were as skillful and competent with a gun as the average cop.’
    • ‘For thousands of years, this has been admired as the most skillful accomplishment in war.’
    • ‘Not only is he a brilliantly skillful footballer, he is also captain and leader of this Czech side.’
    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
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Pronunciation

skillful

/ˈskilfəl//ˈskɪlfəl/