Skill"ful (?), a. [Written also skilful.]

1.

Discerning; reasonable; judicious; cunning.

[Obs.] "Of skillful judgment."

Chaucer.

2.

Possessed of, or displaying, skill; knowing and ready; expert; well-versed; able in management; as, a skillful mechanic; -- often followed by at, in, or of; as, skillful at the organ; skillful in drawing.

And they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skillful of lamentations to wailing. Amos v. 16.

Syn. -- Expert; skilled; dexterous; adept; masterly; adroit; clever; cunning.

-- Skill"ful*ly, adv. -- Skill"ful*ness, n.

 

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