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smatterer

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Definition of smatterer in English:

noun

dated
A person who studies a subject in a superficial way or has only a slight knowledge of it.
Example sentences
  • 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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