One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the piano player is clearly a virtuoso of the first order’
genius, expert, master, master hand, artist, maestro, prodigy, marvel, adept, past master, specialist, skilled person, professional, doyen, authority, veteran
informal hotshot, wizard, wiz, whizz, whizz-kid, alpha geek, ninja, buff, pro, ace, something else, something to shout about, something to write home about
British informal dab hand
North American informal maven, crackerjack
beginner, amateur, duffer
1‘a virtuoso violinist’
skilful, expert, accomplished, masterly, master, consummate, proficient, talented, gifted, adept, adroit, dexterous, deft, able, good, competent, capable, efficient, experienced, professional, polished, well versed, smart, clever, artful, impressive, outstanding, exceptional, exceptionally good, magnificent, supreme, first-rate, first-class, fine, brilliant, excellent, dazzling, bravura
informal superb, out of this world, stellar, mean, ace, crack, A1, genius
North American badass
vulgar slang shit-hot
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