smatter

verb
smat·​ter | \ ˈsma-tər How to pronounce smatter (audio) \
smattered; smattering; smatters

Definition of smatter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to talk superficially : babble

transitive verb

1 : to speak with spotty or superficial knowledge smatters French
2 : to dabble in

smatter

noun

Definition of smatter (Entry 2 of 2)

: smattering a smatter of applause

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Other Words from smatter

Verb

smatterer \ ˈsma-​tər-​ər How to pronounce smatterer (audio) \ noun

Examples of smatter in a Sentence

Noun

we received only a smatter of complaints about the book

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During the class, remember to look out at the trees, to the sculptures smattered throughout, to the family of deer that will surely be grazing ahead. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "This Open-Air Yoga Studio in the Hamptons Is a Dream Getaway," 16 Aug. 2018 There are eight venues smattered across the small, green city: pre-war Art Nouveau buildings, relics of Soviet modernism, the train station at seaside resort town Jurmala. Laura Bannister, Vogue, "Where to Go in Riga, Latvia, the New Arts Hub of the Baltic," 17 June 2018 Who’s listening At UCF’s rehearsal hall, the crowd of 50 or so is smattered throughout the seats watching the New Music Ensemble perform pieces written by students. Trevor Fraser, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Unheard: Journey into Central Florida's experimental music scene," 27 Apr. 2018 Groping blindly, European and especially British explorers began trying to map this seascape beginning in the late 1500s – leading to a series of small advances, smattered with setbacks and tragedies, over centuries. Chris Mooney, Anchorage Daily News, "Far north dilemma: Scientists came to explore Canadian Arctic, but their work could also change its future," 21 Dec. 2017 Groping blindly, European and especially British explorers began trying to map this seascape beginning in the late 1500s — leading to a series of small advances, smattered with setbacks and tragedies, over centuries. Chris Mooney, Washington Post, "Scientists came to explore the fabled waters of the Arctic — but their work could also change its future.," 21 Dec. 2017 Get smattered with color powders, then enjoy the festival’s other offerings such as yoga and dance classes. Alexandra Yoon-hendricks, sacbee, "San Jose overrun by snakes, scorpions and other cold-blooded creatures," 11 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The apartment is immaculate—done up in charcoal and silver, with gilded accents and a tasteful smatter of lucite. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Bethenny Frankel Doesn't Need to Be Thanked. But She Wouldn't Mind a Little Gratitude From President Trump.," 14 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of smatter

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1668, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for smatter

Verb

Middle English smateren to make dirty, talk idly

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