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skill Syllabification: skill

Definition of skill in English:

noun

1The ability to do something well; expertise: difficult work, taking great skill
More example sentences
  • I have seen the staff of the NHS who show not just skill and expertise but love, care and friendship.
  • They are asking for a fair day's pay for a fair day's work that reflects their expertise and skill.
  • As if he hadn't heard her, he continued to steer the car, maneuvering it with expert skill.
Synonyms
1.1A particular ability: the basic skills of cooking
More example sentences
  • Students learn basic computer skills in computer classroom.
  • Many Fortune 500 companies believe that basic communications skills training pays back significant dividends.
  • Some children may require a great deal of support as they acquire the social skills necessary for maximum independence.
Synonyms
ability, strength, gift;
(skills)skill set

Derivatives

skill-less

1
adjective
( archaic )
Example sentences
  • But it's amazing that our people in St Lucia leave school skill-less and expect to be managers immediately.
  • Though not skill-less, it is perfunctory at best.
  • Skill-less hockey players would still look skill-less, no matter how many cute camera tricks and CGI pucks the director implanted.

Origin

Late Old English scele 'knowledge', from Old Norse skil 'discernment, knowledge'.

Words that rhyme with skill

bill, Brazil, brill, Camille, chill, cookchill, dill, distil (US distill), downhill, drill, Edgehill, Estoril, fill, freewill, frill, fulfil (US fulfill), Gill, goodwill, grill, grille, hill, ill, instil, kill, krill, mil, mill, nil, Phil, pill, quadrille, quill, rill, Seville, shill, shrill, sill, spadille, spill, squill, still, stock-still, swill, thill, thrill, till, trill, twill, until, uphill, will

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