smatter

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English smatteren, smateren. Compare Swedish smattra, Danish and Norwegian smadre (all of which mean to patter), German schmettern(to resound).

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Verb[edit]

smatter (third-person singular simple present smatters, present participle smattering, simple past and past participle smattered)

  1. (intransitive) To talk superficially; to babble.
    • Jonathan Swift
      Of state affairs you cannot smatter.
  2. (transitive) To speak (a language) with spotty or superficial knowledge.
    to smatter Arabic
  3. (transitive, figuratively) To study or approach superficially; to dabble in.
  4. To have a slight taste, or a slight, superficial knowledge, of anything; to smack.

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Noun[edit]

smatter (plural smatters)

  1. superficial knowledge; a smattering

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