- 1A slight superficial knowledge of a language or subject: Edward had only a smattering of SpanishMore example sentences
- The entire trip, spanning a period of 118 days, enabled the couple to pick up a smattering of local languages wherever they went.
- That our small group seemed to be the only foreigners - with barely a smattering of the language between us - in a sea of Russians mattered not at all.
- With an aptitude for languages and a smattering of Italian, she'd chatter away to people, gradually getting the hang of the Liguarian dialect.
- 1.1A small amount of something: a smattering of snowMore example sentences
- The songs are very reminiscent in parts of early Floyd, with smatterings of elements of Echoes and Animals thrown in for good measure.
- The clientele are older and wealthy with a few smatterings of known faces.
- It was fairly empty, with smatterings of people milling around.
mid 16th century: from smatter 'talk ignorantly, prate' (surviving in Scots), of unknown origin.