• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Unskilfulness want of skill or experience: awkwardness
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Though it make the unskillful laugh, cannot but make the judicious grieve.”
  • Edward Gibbon
    “Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved-to write a book.”
  • Brooks Atkinson
    Brooks Atkinson
    “Don't be condescending to unskilled labor. Try it for a half a day first.”


In literature:

She was clumsy in figure, and, to appearance, unskilfully managed; yet she outsailed us exceedingly.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 17" by Robert Kerr
Unskilled in play, Yudhishthira was guileless and firm in following the rules of the military order.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
I.i.192 (14,5) Why, such is love's transgression] Such is the consequence of unskilful and mistaken kindness.
"Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies" by Samuel Johnson
None of these occupations is more than mere unskilled labor.
"Vocational Guidance for Girls" by Marguerite Stockman Dickson
This accounts in part for the fact that few unskilled workmen ever graduated from a grammar school.
"Jukes-Edwards" by A. E. Winship
Unskilled and desperately in earnest, he could not lead up to his moment.
"Far to Seek" by Maud Diver
Or is it merely because it is unskilled labor?
"How To Write Special Feature Articles" by Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
The unconscious self-betrayal of the unskilled but potential criminal.
"The Day of Days" by Louis Joseph Vance
Why do unskilled and ignorant souls disturb him who has skill and knowledge?
"Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus" by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
A man might in truth live like an unskilled laborer, and do the work of one, and yet count as one of the noblest of God's creatures.
"Talks To Teachers On Psychology; And To Students On Some Of Life's Ideals" by William James
They were altogether unskilful either in improving their victories or repairing their defeats.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VII. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
The arrivals of the past few decades have been nearly all unskilled laborers.
"Applied Eugenics" by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
As she packed furiously and unskilfully, she feared that Marie might come in and beg her forgiveness or try to explain.
"The Guests Of Hercules" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
The baby bark, and to the slender oar Didst set thy unskilled hand; lured by the sea!
"The Heroic Enthusiast, Part II (Gli Eroici Furori)" by Giordano Bruno
Sixthly, the cost and condition of skilled and unskilled labour in Ireland.
"Thomas Davis, Selections from his Prose and Poetry" by Thomas Davis
The niece alone, unskilled in the science of meteorology, did not notice it, and was pertly bright.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
The stranger, who had courted disaster by fouling the steamer's warp, tugged unskilfully at his oars.
"Priscilla's Spies" by George A. Birmingham
For clearing and planting so large an area much unskilled labor was essential.
"Beginnings of the American People" by Carl Lotus Becker
To the unskilled the simplest garment is sufficiently difficult.
"Textiles and Clothing" by Kate Heintz Watson
If the patient objects, it is being unskilfully done; the right sort of rubbing is always pleasant.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk

In poetry:

To whom the toil of breath is new,
In this our vale of time
Whose feet are yet unskill'd to tread
The grassy carpet round thee spread
At the soft, vernal prime,--
"Mrs. Morris Collins," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney
She bears it in her wanderings
Within her arms, and has not pressed
Her unskilled fingers, but her breast
Upon those silent sacred strings;
I, too, clasp mystic strings at rest.
"Future Poetry" by Alice Meynell
For which I cry both day and night,
For which I let slip all delight,
That maketh me both deaf and blind,
Careless to win, unskill'd to find,
And quick to lose what all men seek.
"The Nymph's Song To Hylas" by William Morris
The sightless, on a tow'r — the foe to see —
The stupid — to instruct a stupid race —
Th' unskillful steersman, to the helm, at sea,
By man are plac'd — God such did never place.
"The Duty Of Clergymen" by Rees Prichard
'Twas here, O Forth! for luve o' thee,
Frae wine, and mirth, and cards he'd flee; Here too, unskill'd, sweet Poesy!
He woo'd thy art--
Alas! nor skill nor guide had he,
Save warmth o' heart!
"The Links O' Forth : Or, A Parting Peep At The Carse O' Sterling" by Hector MacNeill
Though the loud cannon plane
Death's lightning-riven lane,
Levelling that unskill'd valour, rude, unled:
--Yet happier in their fate
Than whom the war-fiends wait
To rend them limb from limb, the gibbet-withering dead!
"The Ballad Of King Monmouth" by Francis Turner Palgrave

In news:

A scene common in american cities during the 1930s, skilled and unskilled laborers alike stood in bread line s like this one near the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.
A scene common in american cities during the 1930s, skilled and unskilled laborers alike stood in bread lines like this one near the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.
Getting Technical on Unskilled Immigrants and Complementary Labor.
Once upon a time, part-time jobs were what you took if you were unskilled or unable to secure a full-time job.
Late payments, unskilled workers, high taxes.
Learn to live with unskilled manager.
Meeting's focus: Train unskilled workers for jobs.
There Is No Such Thing As Unskilled Labor.
The Death of Unskilled Labor.
Branstad aims to bridge unskilled workforce gap.
Illegal Immgrants Might Be Undocumented, But They're Not Unskilled .
'Disabled' doesn't mean ' unskilled '.
After that, it's up to business people to recognize that disability does not automatically mean unskilled .
How can a staffing firm that works with unskilled labor expand into professional staffing placements.
Having lots of unskilled gamers do the legwork not only speeds things up, but also improves the accuracy of the results, the researchers say.