1. Discerning; reasonable; judicious; cunning. [Obs.] “Of skillful judgment.”
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.
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.
adj 1: having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude; "adept
in handicrafts"; "an adept juggler"; "an expert job";
"a good mechanic"; "a practiced marksman"; "a
proficient engineer"; "a lesser-known but no less
skillful composer"; "the effect was achieved by
skillful retouching" [syn: adept, expert, good,
practiced, proficient, skilful]
2: done with delicacy and skill; "a nice bit of craft"; "a job
requiring nice measurements with a micrometer"; "a nice
shot" [syn: nice]