from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To speak (a language) without fluency: smatters Russian.
- transitive v. To study or approach superficially; dabble in.
- intransitive v. To prattle: smattered on about her vacation.
- n. A smattering.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To talk superficially; to babble.
- v. To speak (a language) with spotty or superficial knowledge.
- v. (figuratively) To study or approach superficially; to dabble in.
- n. superficial knowledge; a smattering
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To talk superficially or ignorantly; to babble; to chatter.
- intransitive v. To have a slight taste, or a slight, superficial knowledge, of anything; to smack.
- transitive v. To talk superficially about.
- transitive v. To gain a slight taste of; to acquire a slight, superficial knowledge of; to smack.
- n. Superficial knowledge; a smattering.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make a noise. Songs and Carols (ed. Wright), No. lxxii.
- To talk superficially or ignorantly.
- To have a slight or superficial knowledge.
- To talk ignorantly or superficially about; use in conversation or quote in a superficial manner.
- To get a superficial knowledge of.
- To taste slightly.
- n. Slight or superficial knowledge; a smattering.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. to talk foolishly
- v. work with in an amateurish manner
- v. speak with spotty or superficial knowledge
Middle English smateren, to make dirty, speak foolishly, chatter.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English smateren. Compare Swedish smattra, Danish and Norwegian smadre (all of which mean to patter), German schmettern ("to resound"). (Wiktionary)