- to speak (a language, words, etc.) with superficial knowledge or understanding.
- to dabble in.
- slight or superficial knowledge; smattering.
Origin of smatter
Related Words for smatteredsmash, dash, splinter, wreck, ruin, explode, exhaust, demolish, crush, impair, disable, split, fracture, crack, snap, destroy, blast, burst, rive, crunch
- a smattering
- (intr) rare to prattle
- (tr) archaic to dabble in
Word Origin for smatter
Word Origin and History for smattered
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.