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See also: s'matter
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈsmæ.tə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈsmæ.təɹ/, [ˈsmæ.ɾɚ]
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- Rhymes: -ætə(ɹ)
- (intransitive) To talk superficially; to babble, chatter.
- c. 1591–1595 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Romeo and Ivliet”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act III, scene v]:
- And why, my lady wisdom? hold your tongue,
Good prudence; smatter with your gossips, go.
- 1733, Jonathan Swift “On Poetry” in The Poetical Works of Jonathan Swift, London: William Pickering, 1833, Volume 2, pp. 63-64,
- For poets, law makes no provision;
- The wealthy have you in derision:
- Of state affairs you cannot smatter;
- Are awkward when you try to flatter;
- (transitive) To speak (a language) with spotty or superficial knowledge.
- (transitive, figurative) To study or approach superficially; to dabble in.
- To have a slight taste, or a slight, superficial knowledge, of anything; to smack.
intransitive: talk superficially
to speak (a language) with spotty or superficial knowledge
to study or approach superficially
smatter (plural smatters)
- short, sharp, quickly repeating noises, like large raindrops against a window or someone typing quickly on a typewriter, spatter
|Declension of smatter|