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

  • n. Superficial or piecemeal knowledge: "a smattering of everything, and a knowledge of nothing” ( Charles Dickens).
  • n. A small, scattered amount or number: a smattering of raindrops.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A superficial or shallow knowledge of a subject.
  • n. A small number or amount of something.
  • v. Present participle of smatter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A slight, superficial knowledge of something; sciolism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A slight or superficial knowledge: as, to have a smattering of Latin or Greek.

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

  • n. a small number or amount
  • n. a slight or superficial understanding of a subject

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