skilful, skilled
1. Skilful is spelt in this way in BrE, and usually skillful in AmE.
2. Skilled is the word to use when referring to types of work (also semi-skilled, unskilled), and is classificatory in function, whereas skilful is evaluative and can refer to people and their achievements (a skilful painter / a skilful painting).

Modern English usage. 2014.

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