Skillful Skill"ful, a. [Written also skilful.] 1. Discerning; reasonable; judicious; cunning. [Obs.] ``Of skillful judgment.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

And they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skillful of lamentations to wailing. --Amos v. 16. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Expert; skilled; dexterous; adept; masterly; adroit; clever; cunning. [1913 Webster] -- {Skill"ful*ly}, adv. -- {Skill"ful*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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