› a special ability to do something: [C] Schools often do not provide students with marketable skills. [U] He lacked skill as a painter. skilled /skɪld/ adj › Many companies depend on skilled labor. skillful /ˈskɪl·fəl/ adj › Kraft was a skillful composer. skillfully /ˈskɪl·fə·li/ adv › Some students are unable to use dictionaries skillfully.