from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Possessing some skills but not enough to do specialized work.
  • adjective Requiring limited skills.

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  • adjective Partially trained or experienced, not yet meeting the expected level of skill.

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  • adjective possessing or requiring limited skills


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  • According to a market research study, by the mid-1960s, the typical country listener was a skilled or semiskilled worker living in or near a metropolitan area.

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  • Take, for example, the likely fact that a flat 30 percent tariff on all imports would not be enough to relocate to the U.S. industries with a low value-added added per man-hour, like t-shirts or circuit board assembly, as the difference between foreign and domestic labor costs is too large for an industries whose production cost mainly consists of semiskilled labor.

    Ian Fletcher: How to Think Our Way Out of Our Trade Crisis

  • Mr. Tada is in a group of semiskilled workers who hover somewhere in the middle of Japan's nuclear power-plant ecosystem.

    Behind Reactor Battle, a Legion of Grunts

  • Corning, Inc., another large employer in the region, uses mostly skilled and semiskilled labor.


  • It is a right-to-work state, meaning nobody can be required to join a union or pay union dues, with no income tax and a large pool of semiskilled workers willing to take low wages.

    Don’t Mess With Texas

  • In New York in 1905, for example, forty-seven percent of immigrant Jewish daughters were employed as semiskilled and unskilled laborers; only twenty-two percent of their brothers fell into those ranks.

    Eastern European Immigrants in the United States.

  • Though their unions were weak, Jews were among the best organized of semiskilled immigrants.

    Labor Movement in the United States.

  • These “learners,” so-called even after they mastered their tasks, earned three to four dollars per week (during the busy seasons) while semiskilled “operators,” about 50 to 60 percent of the workforce, earned seven to twelve dollars per week.

    Uprising of 20,000 (1909).

  • While our workers make good money (up to $23 an hour for semiskilled labor), their contribution could, on the lower end of the pay scale, amount to 10 percent of their income.

    A Healthy Proposition

  • Just tourism unskilled or semiskilled labor, which do not buy very much.

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