Skillful vs Shrewd - What's the difference?

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Skillful is a related term of shrewd.

As adjectives the difference between skillful and shrewd

is that skillful is possessing skill while shrewd is showing clever resourcefulness in practical matters.



Alternative forms

* (l) (obsolete) * (Commonwealth English) skilful


(en adjective)
  • Possessing skill.
  • Synonyms

    * See also




  • showing clever resourcefulness in practical matters
  • artful, tricky or cunning
  • streetwise
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  • knowledgeable
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=November 10 , author=Jeremy Wilson , title=tEngland Under 21 5 Iceland Under 21 0: match report , work=Telegraph citation , page= , passage=The most persistent tormentor was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who scored a hat-trick in last month’s corresponding fixture in Iceland. His ability to run at defences is instantly striking, but it is his clever use of possession that has persuaded some shrewd judges that he is an even better prospect than Theo Walcott. }}
  • (archaic) Scolding, satirical, sharp.
  • * 1599 ,
  • LEONATO. By my troth, niece, thou wilt never get thee a husband, if thou be so shrewd of thy tongue.

    Derived terms

    * shrewdly * shrewdness