AskDefine | Define unskilled

Dictionary Definition

unskilled adj
1 not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency; "unskilled in the art of rhetoric"; "an enthusiastic but unskillful mountain climber"; "unskilled labor"; "workers in unskilled occupations are finding fewer and fewer job opportunities"; "unskilled workmanship" [ant: skilled]
2 lacking professional skill or expertise; "a very amateurish job"; "inexpert but conscientious efforts"; "an unskilled painting" [syn: amateurish, amateur, inexpert]
3 not doing a good job; "incompetent at chess" [syn: incompetent]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Of a person or workforce: not having a skill or technical training.
  2. Of a job: not requiring skill or training.
  3. Of a made object: inexpertly made or showing a lack of skill.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

a novice at, a stranger to, amateurish, callow, dabbling, dilettante, dilettantish, fresh, green, green as grass, ignorant, immature, incapable, incompetent, inept, inexperienced, inexpert, jackleg, new to, raw, semiskilled, unaccomplished, unaccustomed to, unacquainted with, unbusinesslike, uncoached, unconversant, unconversant with, undeveloped, unendowed, unexperienced, unfamiliar with, unfinished, unfledged, ungifted, uninitiated, uninitiated in, unmatured, unpolished, unpracticed, unpracticed in, unprepared, unprimed, unprofessional, unripe, unschooled, unseasoned, unskilled in, unskillful, untalented, untaught, untrained, untried, untutored, unused to, unversed, unversed in, unworkmanlike
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