[ smat-er ]
/ ˈsmæt ər /
verb (used with object)
to speak (a language, words, etc.) with superficial knowledge or understanding.
to dabble in.
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 smattered
/ (ˈsmætə) /
(intr) rare to prattle
(tr) archaic to dabble in
Derived forms of smattersmatterer, 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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