“There were a smattering of reactions,” Hoyt told The Daily Beast.
The critics—those who could find OWN on their TV dials—offered a smattering of raves.
There were the usual suspects: Kate Middleton post baby, Beyoncé in her jumpsuit, and a smattering of European royalty.
Mr. Falcone has also given a smattering of money to Republicans.
A major rebranding like this will, of course, take more than a smattering of happy talk.
At the same time, she said she knew no language but her own, and just a smattering of that dead tongue, Irish.
To buy them wisely, a smattering of their history is a requisite.
Men sharpen their vulgar wits with a smattering of trifles; but fields of sober intellectual labor are neglected.
In six weeks Will had quite a smattering of the Sioux tongue.
With my small knowledge of Spanish, and his smattering of English, we hit it off very well together.
early 15c., "talk idly, chatter; talk ignorantly or superficially," of uncertain origin, perhaps imitative. Similar forms are found in Middle High German smetern "to chatter" and Swedish smattra "to patter, rattle," and cf. Danish snaddre "chatter, jabber," Dutch snateren, German schnattern "cackle, chatter, prattle." Related: Smattered; smattering.