to speak (a language, words, etc.) with superficial knowledge or understanding.
to dabble in.
a slight or superficial knowledge; smattering: She gets by with only a smatter of musical knowledge.
a small amount or number; smattering: a smatter of applause; smatters of nervous laughter.
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How to use smatter in a sentence
These would repeat the same foreign words or phrases; "to smatter French" being "meritorious."The Anglo-French Entente in the Seventeenth Century | Charles Bastide
Her only education was the continual smatter which comes from many cities superficially glided.Melomaniacs | James Huneker
Mrs. smatter had raised her suspicions about the adulteration of all the food on the table.Missy | Miriam Coles Harris
And again, not only is Polynesian easy to smatter, but interpreters abound.In the South Seas | Robert Louis Stevenson
It blew and stormed and stormed, and the thin, nasal voice of "Rev. smatter" was utterly lost in the wind.The Flaming Jewel | Robert W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for smatter
(intr) rare to prattle
(tr) archaic to dabble in
- smatterer, noun
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