Smattering

  • 1 Smattering — Smat ter*ing, n. A slight, superficial knowledge of something; sciolism. [1913 Webster] I had a great desire, not able to attain to a superficial skill in any, to have some smattering in all. Burton. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 smattering — [n] small amount basics, bit, elements, little, modicum, rudiments, smidge*, smidgen*, soupçon, tad*; concept 831 …

    New thesaurus

  • 3 smattering — (also smatter) ► NOUN 1) a small amount. 2) a slight knowledge of a language or subject. ORIGIN from smatter «talk ignorantly» (now only Scots), of unknown origin …

    English terms dictionary

  • 4 smattering — [smat′əriŋ] n. [ SMATTER + ING] 1. slight or superficial knowledge 2. a small number …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 smattering — n. to acquire, pick up a smattering of (they have picked up a smattering of the language) * * * [ smæt(ə)rɪŋ] pick up a smattering of (they have picked up a smattering of the language) to acquire …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 6 smattering — smat|ter|ing [ˈsmætərıŋ] n [singular] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: smatter to splash, talk with little knowledge (15 19 centuries)] 1.) a small number or amount of something smattering of ▪ a smattering of applause 2.) have a smattering of sth to… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 7 smattering — noun Date: 1538 1. superficial piecemeal knowledge < a smattering of carpentry, house painting, bricklaying Alva Johnston > 2. a small scattered number or amount < a smattering of spectators > …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 8 smattering — noun /ˈsmæ.tə(ɹ).ɪŋ,ˈsmæɾɹ̩ɪŋ/ a) A superficial or shallow knowledge of a subject. She knows a smattering of Greek, but not enough to carry on a conversation. b) A small number or amount of something …

    Wiktionary

  • 9 smattering — Synonyms and related words: a little learning, amateurism, cast, coquetry, dabbling, dalliance, dallying, dash, dilettantism, dilettantship, few, fiddling, flirtation, fooling, fooling around, gleam, glimmering, glimpse, half learning, handful,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 10 smattering — [[t]smæ̱tərɪŋ[/t]] N SING: usu a N of n A smattering of something is a very small amount of it. I had acquired a pretty competent knowledge of Latin and a smattering of Greek grammar. Syn: modicum …

    English dictionary

  • 11 smattering — noun (countable + of) 1 a small number or amount of something: a smattering of rain 2 have a smattering of (not in progressive) to have a small amount of knowledge about a subject, especially a foreign language …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 smattering — smatteringly, adv. /smat euhr ing/, n. 1. a slight, superficial, or introductory knowledge of something: a smattering of Latin. adj. 2. slight or superficial. [1530 40; SMATTER + ING1, ING2] * * * …

    Universalium

  • 13 smattering — noun it s mostly modern, with a smattering of art deco Syn: bit, modicum, touch, soupçon; nodding acquaintance; informal smidgen, smidge, tad …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 14 smattering — smat•ter•ing [[t]ˈsmæt ər ɪŋ[/t]] n. a slight, superficial, or introductory knowledge of something: a smattering of Latin[/ex] • Etymology: 1530–40 …

    From formal English to slang

  • 15 smattering — /ˈsmætərɪŋ / (say smatuhring) noun a slight or superficial knowledge of something: *His only qualifications for the job were that he had arrived a little earlier and had a smattering of English. –t.a.d. sobolewski, 1985 …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 16 smattering — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. superficiality, sciolism. See ignorance. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. superficial knowledge, some half truths, smatter; see introduction 3 . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. small amount, slight amount,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 17 smattering — smat|ter|ing [ smætərıŋ ] noun singular a small amount of something …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 smattering — smat·ter·ing || smætÉ™rɪŋ n. limited knowledge, superficial understanding of something adj. limited, shallow, superficial (about knowledge)n. limited knowledge, superficial knowledge v. speak with only superficial knowledge …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 19 smattering — (also smatter) noun 1》 a small amount. 2》 a slight knowledge of a language or subject. Origin C16: from smatter talk ignorantly, prate , of unknown origin …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 20 smattering — n. Smatter, sciolism, slight knowledge, superficial knowledge, imperfect knowledge …

    New dictionary of synonyms


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