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smattering

[ smat-er-ing ]
/ ˈsmæt ər ɪŋ /
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noun

a slight, superficial, or introductory knowledge of something: a smattering of Latin.
a small amount or number:She’s written a smattering of poetry.

adjective

slight or superficial.

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Which one of these commonly confused words can act as an adverb or a pronoun?

Origin of smattering

First recorded in 1530–40; smatter + -ing1.

OTHER WORDS FROM smattering

smat·ter·ing·ly, adverb

Words nearby smattering

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British Dictionary definitions for smattering

smattering
/ (ˈsmætərɪŋ) /

noun

a slight or superficial knowledge
a small amount

Derived forms of smattering

smatteringly, adverb
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