Skill"ful (?), a. [Written also skilful.]
Discerning; reasonable; judicious; cunning.
[Obs.] "Of skillful
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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