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skill

EnglishEdit

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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English skilen (also schillen), partly from Old English scylian, scielian (to separate, part, divide off); and partly from Old Norse skilja (to divide, separate); both from Proto-Germanic *skilōną, *skiljaną (to divide, limit), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kalǝ-, *(s)kelǝ- (to split, cut). Cognate with Danish skille (to separate, discard), Swedish skilja (to distinguish, differentiate, part), Icelandic skilja (to understand), Dutch schelen (to make a difference).

VerbEdit

skill (third-person singular simple present skills, present participle skilling, simple past and past participle skilled)

  1. (transitive) To set apart; separate.
  2. (transitive, chiefly dialectal) To discern; have knowledge or understanding; to know how (to).
    • (Can we date this quote?) Herbert:
      I can not skill of these thy ways.
  3. (transitive) To know; to understand.
    • Barrow
      to skill the arts of expressing our mind
  4. (intransitive) To have knowledge or comprehension; discern.
  5. (intransitive) To have personal or practical knowledge; be versed or practised; be expert or dextrous.
  6. (intransitive, archaic) To make a difference; signify; matter.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Herbert:
      What skills it, if a bag of stones or gold / About thy neck do drown thee?
    • (Can we date this quote?) Sir Walter Scott:
      It skills not talking of it.
SynonymsEdit
  • (separate): split (call management systems)

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English skill, skille (also schil, schile), from Old English *scile and Old Norse skil (a distinction, discernment, knowledge), from Proto-Germanic *skilin (separation, limit), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kalǝ-, *(s)kelǝ- (to split, cut). Cognate with Danish skel (a separation, boundary, divide), Swedish skäl (reason), Dutch verschil (difference) and schillen (to sperate the outer layer (schil) from the product, verb).

NounEdit

skill (countable and uncountable, plural skills)

  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.
  2. (obsolete) Discrimination; judgment; propriety; reason; cause.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
  3. (obsolete) Knowledge; understanding.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)
  4. (obsolete) Display of art; exercise of ability; contrivance; address.
    • Thomas Fuller (1606-1661)
      Richard [] by a thousand princely skills, gathering so much corn as if he meant not to return.
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AdjectiveEdit

skill (comparative skiller, superlative skillest)

  1. (UK, slang) great, excellent
    • 1987, Teresa Maughan, Letters (in Your Sinclair issue 18, June 1987)
      Well, unfortunately for you, my dearest Waggipoos, I'm much more skill than you!
    • 1991, Wreckers (video game review in Crash issue 88, May 1991)
      This game is skill. Remember that because it's going to sound really complicated.
    • 1999, "Andy Smith", I am well skill (on Internet newsgroup alt.digitiser)
      And I am skiller than you.

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VerbEdit

skill

  1. imperative of skille