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Monday, April 17, 2017

Definitions for smattering

  1. a slight, superficial, or introductory knowledge of something: a smattering of Latin.
  2. slight or superficial.

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Citations for smattering
He is a person well received among all sorts of men, being qualified to render himself agreeable to any; as he is well versed in history and politics, hath a smattering in law and divinity, cracks a good jest, and lays wonderfully well on the French horn. Henry Fielding, The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and of His Friend Mr. Abraham Adams, 1742
Of course it was easy to blame mother; anybody with a smattering of knowledge of psychoanalysis thought that they could point the finger at mother; but to hear that coming from somebody like Dr Fairbairn, who had even held psychoanalytical office, was most surprising. Alexander McCall Smith, Espresso Tales, 2005
Origin of smattering
1530-1540
Smattering has been used in English since the 1500s. Smatter predates smattering by about 200 years and is perhaps of Scandinavian origin.