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smatter

[smat-er] /ˈsmæt ər/
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
1300-1350
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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British Dictionary definitions for smattered

smatter

/ˈsmætə/
noun
1.
a smattering
verb
2.
(intransitive) (rare) to prattle
3.
(transitive) (archaic) to dabble in
Derived Forms
smatterer, noun
Word Origin
C14 (in the sense: to prattle): of uncertain origin; compare Middle High German smetern to gossip
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Word Origin and History for smattered
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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