If you're skillful, you're very good at some particular thing. A skillful debater might have a successful career in politics, while a skillful baker could make the best brownies you've ever tasted.

Skillful people tend to be experts at something, like a skillful ping pong player or a skillful pianist. You can also use this adjective to mean "done in an expert way," so you could praise your sister's skillful snow fort building or your brother's skillful video gaming. The adjective skillful comes from skill, which is rooted in the Old Norse skil, "distinction, discernment, or adjustment."

Definitions of skillful
  1. adjective
    having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude
    “a lesser-known but no less skillful composer”
    “the effect was achieved by skillful retouching”
    synonyms: adept, expert, good, practiced, proficient, skilful
    having or showing or requiring special skill
  2. adjective
    done with delicacy and skill
    synonyms: nice
    sharply exact or accurate or delimited
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