WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
skill1 /skɪl/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. the knowledge or ability to do something well: [uncountable]She showed great skill in handling difficult problems.[countable]the skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening in a foreign language.
  2. a craft, trade, or job requiring special training:[countable]the skills of glassblowing.
skill•ful, adj.: a skillful way of dealing with people.
skill•ful•ly, adv.: She had skillfully persuaded him to accept her ideas.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
skill1  (skil),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the ability, coming from one's knowledge, practice, aptitude, etc., to do something well:Carpentry was one of his many skills.
  2. competent excellence in performance;
    dexterity:The dancers performed with skill.
  3. a craft, trade, or job requiring manual dexterity or special training in which a person has competence and experience:the skill of cabinetmaking.
  4. [Obs.]understanding;
  5. [Obs.]reason;
  • Old Norse skil distinction, difference; cognate with Dutch geschil difference, quarrel. See skill2
  • Middle English 1125–75
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged proficiency, facility.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged deftness, cleverness.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged inability.

skill2  (skil),USA pronunciation v.i. [Archaic.]
  1. to matter.
  2. to help;
  • Old Norse skilja to distinguish, divide, akin to skil (see skill1), Old English scylian to separate, Gothic skilja butcher, Lithuanian skélti to split
  • Middle English skilien 1150–1200

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

skill /skɪl/ n
  1. special ability in a task, sport, etc, esp ability acquired by training
  2. something, esp a trade or technique, requiring special training or manual proficiency
Etymology: 12th Century: from Old Norse skil distinction; related to Middle Low German schēle, Middle Dutch geschil difference

ˈskill-less, ˈskilless adj

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Collocations: lacks (basic) [social, people] skills, skill [sets, levels, tests], lacks the [technical, leadership, problem-solving] skills needed to, more...

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