smatter definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- to speak or utter (a language, words, etc.) with only slight knowledge
- to study or learn (a subject) superficially
Origin: Middle English smateren, to chatter, probably akin to Middle High German smetern, to chatter, gossip, of echoic origin, originally
smatter definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb smat·tered, smat·ter·ing, smat·ters verb, transitive
- To speak (a language) without fluency: smatters Russian.
- To study or approach superficially; dabble in.
To prattle: smattered on about her vacation.noun
Origin: Middle English smateren, to make dirty, speak foolishly, chatter.
- smatˈter·er noun