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ˈsmæt ərsmat·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dabble, smatter, play aroundverb

    work with in an amateurish manner

    "She dabbles in astronomy"; "He plays around with investments but he never makes any money"

  2. babble, blather, smatter, blether, blitherverb

    to talk foolishly

    "The two women babbled and crooned at the baby"

  3. smatterverb

    speak with spotty or superficial knowledge

    "She smatters Russian"


  1. smatternoun

    superficial knowledge; a smattering

  2. smatterverb

    To talk superficially; to babble.

  3. smatterverb

    To speak (a language) with spotty or superficial knowledge.

    to smatter Arabic

  4. smatterverb

    To study or approach superficially; to dabble in.

  5. Etymology: From smateren. Compare Swedish smattra, Danish and Norwegian smadre (all of which mean to patter), German schmettern.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Smatternoun

    Superficial or slight knowledge.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    All other sciences were extinguished during this empire, excepting only a smatter of judicial astrology. William Temple.

  2. To Smatterverb

    Etymology: It is supposed to be corrupted from smack or taste.

    Such a practice gives a slight smattering of several sciences, without any solid knowledge. Isaac Watts.

    Since, by a little smattering in learning, and great conceit of himself, he has lost his religion, may he find it again by harder study and an humbler mind. Richard Bentley.

    In proper terms, such as men smatter,
    When they throw out and miss the matter. Hudibras.

    Of state affairs you cannot smatter;
    Are aukward when you try to flatter. Jonathan Swift.


  1. smatter

    Smatter refers to having a superficial, not deep understanding or slight knowledge about something. It can also refer to the act of speaking a foreign language in a superficial or simplistic manner.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Smatterverb

    to talk superficially or ignorantly; to babble; to chatter

  2. Smatterverb

    to have a slight taste, or a slight, superficial knowledge, of anything; to smack

  3. Smatterverb

    to talk superficially about

  4. Smatterverb

    to gain a slight taste of; to acquire a slight, superficial knowledge of; to smack

  5. Smatternoun

    superficial knowledge; a smattering

  6. Etymology: [OE. smateren to make a noise; cf. Sw. smattra to clatter, to crackle, G. schmettern to dash, crash, to warble, quaver.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Smatter

    smat′ėr, v.i. to talk superficially: to have a superficial knowledge.—ns. Smatt′erer; Smatt′ering, a superficial knowledge.—adv. Smatt′eringly, in a smattering manner. [M. E. smateren, to rattle, to chatter—Sw. smattra, to clatter; Ger. schnattern.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of smatter in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of smatter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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