• WordNet 3.6
    • adj unskilled not doing a good job "incompetent at chess"
    • adj unskilled lacking professional skill or expertise "a very amateurish job","inexpert but conscientious efforts","an unskilled painting"
    • adj unskilled 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"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unskilled Lacking skill; destitute of or not characterized by special skill or trained dexterity.
    • unskilled Destitute of practical knowledge; unacquainted; unfamiliar: as, unskilled in chemistry.
    • unskilled Produced without skill or dexterity; showing no evidence of skill in production.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Unskilled without special skill, untrained, unacquainted with
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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:

Am I not perhaps, an unskilful labourer?
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXIX." by Various
But his unskilful hands frighten the steeds.
"Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies" by Philip H. Goepp
Antonyms: unskillful, empirical, maladroit.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
Children are not allowed at the electrical switchboard, nor any unskilled hand.
"Quiet Talks on Prayer" by S. D. (Samuel Dickey) Gordon
A boy unskilled, he knows not yet The bounds to strength and weakness set.
"Hindu Literature" by Epiphanius Wilson
He was not unskilled in the business of lettering.
"Scattergood Baines" by Clarence Budington Kelland
Lastly came unskilled laborers, who lived in crowded tenements and hired themselves out.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
A vast confusion, a medley of unskilled endeavor marked the hour.
"The Covered Wagon" by Emerson Hough
He would arraign the unskilful generalship of the king; he would not only point out his errors, but how the enemy could be defeated.
"After London" by Richard Jefferies
As to unskilfulness, it doth not appear from History, that this, with truth, could be said of them.
"An Enquiry into the Truth of the Tradition, Concerning the Discovery of America, by Prince Madog ab Owen Gwynedd, about the Year, 1170" by John Williams

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
Yea, hence springs Antinomian vile refuse,
Whose gross abettors gospel grace abuse:
Unskill'd how grace's silken latchet binds
Her captives to the law, with willing minds.
"The Believer's Espousals : Chapter V." by Ralph Erskine
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
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.