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. 2001.

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  • 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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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