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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.

adjective

slight or superficial.

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RELATED WORDS

modicum, smidgen, little, basics, bit, smidge, elements, tad

Nearby words

smashing, smashingly, smatch, smatter, smatterer, smattering, smatteringly, smatv, smaze, smd, sme

Origin of smattering

First recorded in 1530–40; smatter + -ing1, -ing2
Related formssmat·ter·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for smattering (2 of 2)

smatter

[ smat-er ]
/ ˈsmæt ər /

verb (used with object)

to speak (a language, words, etc.) with superficial knowledge or understanding.
to dabble in.

noun

slight or superficial knowledge; smattering.

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 smattering (1 of 2)

smattering

/ (ˈsmætərɪŋ) /

noun

a slight or superficial knowledge
a small amount
Derived Formssmatteringly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for smattering (2 of 2)

smatter

/ (ˈsmætə) /

noun

a smattering

verb

(intr) rare to prattle
(tr) archaic to dabble in
Derived Formssmatterer, 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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