"one who has but slight or superficial knowledge," 1510s, agent noun from smatter (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for smatterer

Historical Examples of smatterer

  • Don't spare study; if you will be a lawyer, become a good one, not a smatterer.

    Lewis Rand

    Mary Johnston

  • At this explanation she shook her head, and observed that no smatterer could read as I had done.

  • Like Mr. Stevenson's smatterer, who was asked, "What would be the result of putting a pound of potassium in a pot of porter?"

    Adventures in Criticism

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • Any mere sciolist, any empiric, any smatterer of the new medical course—and where would Frank Gilham's arm be now?


    R. D. Blackmore

  • He was a smatterer of that most dangerous kind, who feel certain they have arrived at truth.