skilled

Anyone skilled has special abilities. A skilled mechanic from the future might build a flying car. Then a skilled rapper can write a cool song about it.

A skill is a well-earned talent, like being able to ride a bike, write a script, or spin a basketball on your finger. If you have skills, you're skilled! Congratulations. Being skilled in something usually requires practice. A skilled politician wins elections. A skilled hitter in baseball has a high batting average. A highly skilled job is one that requires special training. The opposite of skilled is unskilled, which would apply to someone without a particular talent.

Definitions of skilled
  1. adjective
    having or showing or requiring special skill
    “only the most skilled gymnasts make an Olympic team”
    “a skilled surgeon has many years of training and experience”
    “a skilled reconstruction of her damaged elbow”
    “a skilled trade”
    Synonyms:
    competent
    properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient
    experienced, experient
    having experience; having knowledge or skill from observation or participation
    accomplished, complete
    highly skilled
    adept, expert, good, practiced, proficient, skilful, skillful
    having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude
    arch
    expert in skulduggery
    ball-hawking
    used of a player skilled in stealing the ball or robbing a batter of a hit
    consummate, masterful, masterly, virtuoso
    having or revealing supreme mastery or skill
    delicate
    marked by great skill especially in meticulous technique
    hot
    performed or performing with unusually great skill and daring and energy
    mean
    excellent
    sure-handed
    proficient and confident in performance
    expert, technical
    of or relating to or requiring special knowledge to be understood
    versatile
    competent in many areas and able to turn with ease from one thing to another
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    Antonyms:
    unskilled
    not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency
    incompetent
    not qualified or suited for a purpose
    inexperienced, inexperient
    lacking practical experience or training
    artless
    showing lack of art
    botchy, butcherly, unskillful
    poorly done
    botched, bungled
    spoiled through incompetence or clumsiness
    bungling, clumsy, fumbling, incompetent
    showing lack of skill or aptitude
    crude, rough
    not carefully or expertly made
    hopeless
    of a person unable to do something skillfully
    humble, lowly, menial
    used of unskilled work (especially domestic work)
    lubberly
    clumsy and unskilled
    out of practice, rusty
    impaired in skill by neglect
    semiskilled
    possessing or requiring limited skills
    weak
    deficient or lacking in some skill
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