- 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
- Obs. knowledge, understanding, or judgment
Origin of skillME, 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 (“to separate, part, divide off"); and partly from Old Norse skilja (“to divide, separate"); both from Proto-Germanic *skilÅnÄ…, *skiljanÄ… (“to divide, limit"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kalÇ-, *(s)kelÇ- (“to split, cut"). Cognate with Danish skille (“to separate, discard"), Swedish skilja (“to distinguish, differentiate, part"), Icelandic skilja (“to understand"), Dutch schelen (“to make a difference").
(countable and uncountable, plural skills)
From Middle English skill, skille (also schil, schile), from Old English *scile and Old Norse skil (“a distinction, discernment, knowledge"), from Proto-Germanic *skilin (“separation, limit"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kalÇ-, *(s)kelÇ- (“to split, cut"). Cognate with Danish skel (“a separation, boundary, divide"), Swedish skÃ¤l (“reason"), Dutch verschil (“difference") and schillen (“to sperate the outer layer (schil) from the product", verb).