Entry from British & World English dictionary
Definition of smatterer in English:
A person who studies a subject in a superficial way or has only a slight knowledge of it.
- When reached in his London office, Newton declined to comment, saying only that he had ‘no use for little smatterers in mathematics.’
- Better be proficient in one art than a smatterer in a thousand.
- A man of true science uses but few hard words, and then only when none will answer his purpose; whereas the smatterer in science thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things.
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