Definition of smattering in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsmadəriNG/
(also smatter)


1A slight superficial knowledge of a language or subject: Edward had only a smattering of Spanish
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  • 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 snow
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  • 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.
bit, modicum, touch, soupçon;
nodding acquaintance
informal smidgen, smidge, tad


Mid 16th century: from smatter 'talk ignorantly, prate' (surviving in Scots), of unknown origin.

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