smatter

smatter

[smat-er]
verb (used with object)
1.
to speak (a language, words, etc.) with superficial knowledge or understanding.
2.
to dabble in.
noun
3.
slight or superficial knowledge; smattering.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Danish, Norwegian smadre to splash, swash, Swedish smattra to clatter, rattle; compare Middle Low German smetern to chatter

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smatter (ˈsmætə)
 
n
1.  a smattering
 
vb
2.  rare (intr) to prattle
3.  archaic (tr) to dabble in
 
[C14 (in the sense: to prattle): of uncertain origin; compare Middle High German smetern to gossip]
 
'smatterer
 
n

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smatter
c.1410, "talk idly, chatter," perhaps imitative. Similar forms are found in M.H.G. smetern "to chatter" and Swed. smattra "to patter, rattle." Smatterer "one who has superficial knowledge" is attested from c.1519.
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