- The definition of a skill is a talent or ability that comes from training or practice.
- An example of skill is the capability to produce fine works of art.
- An example of skill is basket weaving.
- great ability or proficiency; expertness that comes from training, practice, etc.
- an art, craft, or science, esp. one involving the use of the hands or body
- ability in such an art, craft, or science
- Obsolete knowledge, understanding, or judgment
Origin of skillMiddle English discernment, reason ; from Old Norse skil, distinction, akin to skilja, to cut apart, separate ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)kel-, to cut (from source shield, shell): basic sense “ability to separate,” hence “discernment”
- a. Proficiency, facility, or dexterity that is acquired or developed through training or experience: painted with great skill.b. A developed talent or ability: improved his writing skills.c. An art, trade, or technique, particularly one requiring use of the hands or body: the skill of glassmaking.
- Obsolete A reason; a cause.
Origin of skillMiddle English skil, from Old Norse, discernment; see skel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present skills, present participle skilling, simple past and past participle skilled)
- To set apart; separate.
- (chiefly dialectal) To discern; have knowledge or understanding; to know how (to).
- To know; to understand.
- (intransitive) To have knowledge or comprehension; discern.
- (intransitive) To have personal or practical knowledge; be versed or practised; be expert or dextrous.
- (intransitive, archaic) To make a difference; signify; matter.
From Middle English skilen (also schillen), partly from Old English scylian, scielian (â€œto separate, part, divide offâ€); and partly from Old Norse skilja (â€œto divide, separateâ€); both from Proto-Germanic *skilÅnÄ…, *skiljanÄ… (â€œto divide, limitâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kalÇ-, *(s)kelÇ- (â€œto split, cutâ€). Cognate with Danish skille (â€œto separate, discardâ€), Swedish skilja (â€œto distinguish, differentiate, partâ€), Icelandic skilja (â€œto understandâ€), Dutch schelen (â€œto make a differenceâ€).
(countable and uncountable, plural skills)
From Middle English skill, skille (also schil, schile), from Old English *scile and Old Norse skil (â€œa distinction, discernment, knowledgeâ€), from Proto-Germanic *skilin (â€œseparation, limitâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kalÇ-, *(s)kelÇ- (â€œto split, cutâ€). Cognate with Danish skel (â€œa separation, boundary, divideâ€), Swedish skÃ¤l (â€œreasonâ€), Dutch verschil (â€œdifferenceâ€) and schillen (â€œto sperate the outer layer (schil) from the productâ€, verb).