smatter

[ smat-er ]
/ ˈsmæt ər /

verb (used with object)

to speak (a language, words, etc.) with superficial knowledge or understanding.
to dabble in.

noun

slight or superficial knowledge; smattering.

Words nearby smatter

Origin of smatter

1300–50; Middle English; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Danish, Norwegian smadre to splash, swash, Swedish smattra to clatter, rattle; compare Middle Low German smetern to chatter
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British Dictionary definitions for smatter

smatter
/ (ˈsmætə) /

noun

a smattering

verb

(intr) rare to prattle
(tr) archaic to dabble in

Derived forms of smatter

smatterer, noun

Word Origin for smatter

C14 (in the sense: to prattle): of uncertain origin; compare Middle High German smetern to gossip
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