smatter

[ smat-er ]
/ ˈsmæt ər /

verb (used with object)

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

noun

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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Origin of smatter

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English; further origin uncertain; perhaps from Scandinavian; Danish, Norwegian smadre “to splash, smash (to pieces),” Swedish smattra “to clatter, rattle” (Middle Low German smetern “to chatter”), but the semantic development is unclear

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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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