smattering

[ smat-er-ing ]
/ ˈsmæt ər ɪŋ /

noun

a slight, superficial, or introductory knowledge of something: a smattering of Latin.

adjective

slight or superficial.

Nearby words

  1. smashing,
  2. smashingly,
  3. smatch,
  4. smatter,
  5. smatterer,
  6. smatteringly,
  7. smatv,
  8. smaze,
  9. smd,
  10. sme

Origin of smattering

First recorded in 1530–40; smatter + -ing1, -ing2

Related formssmat·ter·ing·ly, adverb

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

smattering

/ (ˈsmætərɪŋ) /

noun

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

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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