Origin of smattering
verb (used with object)
Origin of smatter
Examples from the Web for smattering
The long crypt tunnels into a hillside, only visible by a smattering of skylights peeking up between graves.
There was a smattering of clean-cut sensation seekers and a few actual Hindus as well.
“I will be here in August 2014,” he thundered to a smattering of laughs and applause.
For the non-greenhorn, though, there is fun to be had in the smattering of fearless, at times audacious, assertions.John Sutherland‘s Enjoyable Little History of Literature|Malcolm Forbes|November 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“There were a smattering of reactions,” Hoyt told The Daily Beast.
A raw high school graduate with a smattering of technique will not do.
The increased difficulty in teaching science owing to the modern ignorance of even a smattering of Greek is becoming grotesque.Pioneers of Science|Oliver Lodge
This man had a smattering of both those ideas, and was—is—bringing up his daughter on principles impossible to classify.A Book of Bryn Mawr Stories|Marian T. MacIntosh
A smattering of English Literature, and less than a smattering of French.The Longest Journey|E. M. Forster
An engineer, he speaks a smattering of eleven languages, and can turn his hand to anything.Forty Thousand Miles Over Land and Water|Lady (Ethel Gwendoline [Moffatt]) Vincent
Word Origin for smatter
"a slight or superficial knowledge," 1530s, verbal noun from smatter (v.).
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.