- to speak (a language, words, etc.) with superficial knowledge or understanding.
- to dabble in.
- slight or superficial knowledge; smattering.
Origin of smatter
Examples from the Web for smatter
I must have let out a very excited gasp, 'cause Poetry said, "'Smatter, Bill?"Shenanigans at Sugar Creek
Mrs. Smatter had raised her suspicions about the adulteration of all the food on the table.
And again, not only is Polynesian easy to smatter, but interpreters abound.In the South Seas
Robert Louis Stevenson
The apter he is to smatter, the slower he is in making any advance in his pretences.
The monotonies of Mrs. Smatter and the asperities of Miss Varian for once roused little opposition.
- a smattering
- (intr) rare to prattle
- (tr) archaic to dabble in
Word Origin and History for smatter
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.