"one who has but slight or superficial knowledge," 1510s, agent noun from smatter (v.).
Related Words for smattererabecedarian, apprentice, aspirant, beginner, dabbler, dilettante, greenhorn, ham, hopeful, layperson, learner, neophyte, nonprofessional, novice, recruit, tenderfoot, tyro, probationer
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Historical Examples of smatterer
Don't spare study; if you will be a lawyer, become a good one, not a smatterer.Lewis Rand
At this explanation she shook her head, and observed that no smatterer could read as I had done.The Adventures of Roderick Random
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?Perlycross
R. D. Blackmore
He was a smatterer of that most dangerous kind, who feel certain they have arrived at truth.