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Skill appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Sister Suzie sewing shirts for soldiers
    Such skill as sewing shirts
    Our shy young sister Suzie shows
    Some soldiers send epistles
    Say they'd rather sleep in thistles
    Than the saucy, soft short shirts for soldiers Sister Suzie sews.

Skill appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Just work for improved basic techniques to maximize your typing skill. (59 letters)
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun skill:


Definition of the noun skill

What does skill mean as a name of something?

Skill is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: skills

  1. an ability that has been acquired by training
  2. ability to produce solutions in some problem domain
    • example: the skill of a well-trained boxer
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonym of skill: science
    • more generic words: ability / power = possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done
    • more specific words:
      • nose = a natural skill
      • virtuosity = technical skill or fluency or style exhibited by a virtuoso

Alternative definition of the noun skill


  1. capacity to do something well; technique, ability. Skills are usually acquired or learned, as opposed to abilities, which are often thought of as innate.

Specialised definition of the noun skill

Glossary of sports

learned movement task. (Mark H. Anshel. 1991. Dictionary of the Sport and Exercise Sciences. Human Kinetics Books Champaign, Illinois)

qualitative indicator of performance denoting proficient execution. (Mark H. Anshel. 1991. Dictionary of the Sport and Exercise Sciences. Human Kinetics Books Champaign, Illinois)

use of the optimal value in the control and coordination of movement such that the movements is proficient and efficient (Mark H. Anshel. 1991. Dictionary of the Sport and Exercise Sciences. Human Kinetics Books Champaign, Illinois)

an ability to do perform an action well, acquired by training (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

the ability to do something well (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the adjective skill

What does skill mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. [UK, slang] great, excellent

Definition of the verb skill

What does skill mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: skilled | skilling | skills

  1. [transitive] To set apart; separate.
  2. [transitive, chiefly dialectal] To discern; have knowledge or understanding; to know how (to).
  3. [intransitive] To have knowledge or comprehension; discern.
  4. [intransitive] To have personal or practical knowledge of; be versed or practised; be expert or dextrous.
  5. [intransitive, archaic] To make a difference; signify; matter.


  1. Skill: A skill is the learned ability to carry out a task with pre-determined results often within a given amount of time, energy, or both. In other words the abilities that one possesses. Skills can often be divided into domain-general and domain-specific skills. For example, in the domain of work, some general skills would include time management, teamwork and leadership, self motivation and others, whereas domain-specific skills would be useful only for a certain job. Skill usually requires certain environmental stimuli and situations to assess the level of skill being shown and used.
  2. Skill a.k.a. Jutsu: In the manga and anime series Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto, a jutsu refers to the abilities that a ninja can use. The series occurs in a fictional universe in which different countries fight for power using ninja soldiers. The Naruto storyline follows a group of young ninja from the village of Konohagakure. In this series, ninja use jutsu by manipulating a form of energy known as chakra, a combination of the physical and mental energies into either of the other two main jutsus.
  3. Skill is a measure of the amount of worker's expertise, specialization, wages, and supervisory capacity. Skilled workers are generally more trained, higher paid, and have more responsibilities than unskilled workers.

Phrases with Skill

Phrases starting with the word Skill:

  1. Skill Set
  2. Skill tree
  3. Skill Point

Phrases ending with the word Skill:

  1. Hard Skill
  2. Soft Skill
  3. Game of skill
  4. superior skill
  5. Transferable skill

Other phrase containing the word Skill:

  1. Person of Ordinary Skill in the Art

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Skill

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Google previewManagement (2010)

by John R. Schermerhorn, Jr

A skill is the ability to translate knowledge into action that results in desired performance. Technical Skills A technical skill is the ability to use a special proficiency or expertise to per- form particular tasks. Your college major is designed to ...

Google previewTextbook of Communication and Education Technology for Nurses (2011)

by KP Neeraja

Skill/ Conative Learning / Psychomotor Learning—A skill is a refined pattern of movement or performance based upon and...

Google previewIn Order to Learn (2007)

How the Sequence of Topics Influences Learning by Frank E. Ritter

For example, one particular such skill is the ability to identify any triangle as a triangle. Classifying a concrete concept differs from making a discrimination in that it requires naming or otherwise identifying a particular instance as belonging to a ...

Google previewA Theory of Fields (2012)

by Neil Fligstein, Doug McAdam

Social skill is the ability to empathetically understand situations and what others need and want and to figure out how to use this information to get what you want. At the level of strategic action fields, the problem is for individual and collective ...

Google previewCliffsNotes ASVAB with CD-ROM (2010)

by Fred N Grayson

The first skill is the ability to understand exactly what the passage says. Questions about understanding may ask you to identify...

Google previewLeadership Lexicon (2005)

by Bellingham Rick, Rick Bellingham, William O'Brien

Skill: Clarify the business value of opportunities or strategies. Action: • Proactively clarify the "business value" of specific opportunities or strategies with team members (e.g., ROI, margins, business impact). Skill: Get help from content experts.

Google previewMongolian English Dictionary (2013)

by Bawden,

artistry, skill, ~дарх (see уран дарх), ~ дүй skill, deftness,~ дүймуутай (~дүйгүй) clumsy, unskilful, hamhanded,~ зүй artistry, ~ зүйн artistic, ...

Google previewOxford Dictionary of Sports Science and Medicine (2006)

by Michael Kent

skill A movement dependent on practice ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of International Sports Studies: P-Z (2006)

by Roger Bartlett, Chris Gratton, Christer Rolf

'Skill', or the optimal organisation of coordination patterns, arises when the components of the coordinative structure (see...

At this more advanced stage of skill, passive, inertial, and mechanical properties of limb movements are fully exploited ...

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Quotes about Skill

Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art. (Tom Stoppard)
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Scrabble value of S1K5I1L1L1

The value of this 5-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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