To set apart; separate.
(chiefly dialectal) To discern; have knowledge or understanding; to know how (to).
Other Word Forms of Skill
Origin of Skill
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 *skilōnÄ…, *skiljanÄ… (“to divide, limit"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kalǝ-, *(s)kelǝ- (“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").
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)kalǝ-, *(s)kelǝ- (“to split, cut"). Cognate with Danish skel (“a separation, boundary, divide"), Swedish skäl (“reason"), Dutch verschil (“difference") and schillen (“to sperate the outer layer (schil) from the product", verb).
Middle English skil from Old Norse discernment skel-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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