Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A pretentious attitude of scholarship; superficial knowledgeability.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of showing opinions on at least one subject of which the perpetrator has little or no knowledge, the practice of this, an instance of the practice of this.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The knowledge of a sciolist; superficial knowledge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Superficial knowledge; unfounded pretense to profound or scientific knowledge.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. pretentious superficiality of knowledge

Etymologies

From Late Latin sciolus, smatterer, diminutive of Latin scius, knowing, from scīre, to know; see skei- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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