- to speak or utter (a language, words, etc.) with only slight knowledge
- to study or learn (a subject) superficially
Origin: ME smateren, to chatter, prob. akin to MHG smetern, to chatter, gossip, of echoic orig.
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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.
Origin: Middle English smateren, to make dirty, speak foolishly, chatter.
- smatˈter·er noun