Definition of Smattering

1. Noun. A small number or amount. "Only a handful of responses were received"




2. Noun. A slight or superficial understanding of a subject.
Generic synonyms: Apprehension, Discernment, Savvy, Understanding
Derivative terms: Smatter

Definition of Smattering

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

Definition of Smattering

1. Noun. A superficial or shallow knowledge of a subject. ¹

2. Noun. A small number or amount of something. ¹

3. Verb. (present participle of smatter) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Smattering

1. [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Smattering

smashmouth
smashproof
smasht
smashup
smashups
smatch
smatched
smatches
smatchet
smatchets
smatching
smatter
smattered
smatterer
smatterers
smattering
smatterings
smatters
smaze
smazes
smear
smear campaign
smear campaigns
smear case
smear culture
smear dab
smear layer
smear test
smear tests
smear word

Literary usage of Smattering

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Talks with Teachers by Amory Dwight Mayo (1881)
"A Smattering OF THINGS. There is a great deal of rather loose talk, to the effect that our public-school system is rearing up a generation of ..."

2. Talks with Teachers by Amory Dwight Mayo (1881)
"A Smattering OF THINGS. There is a great deal of rather loose talk, to the effect that our public-school system is rearing up a generation of ..."

3. The Critical Review, Or, Annals of Literature by Tobias George Smollett (1812)
"... the whole circle of the arts and sciences: but where, if a smattering 'of knowledge be obtained, the intellectual faculties are little improved. ..."

4. Our Colonial Curriculum, 1607-1776 by Colyer Meriwether (1907)
"1" ONLY A Smattering. These blunt fellows in Boston about summed up the matter correctly, showing decidedly more judgment than the generality of their ..."

5. A Treatise on the Conduct of the Understanding by John Locke (1849)
"Smattering. OTHERS, that they may seem universally knowing, get a little smattering in every thing. Both these may fill their heads with superficial notions ..."

6. Locke's Conduct of the Understanding by John Locke, Thomas Fowler (1901)
"Smattering. Others, that they may seem universally knowing, get a little smattering in every thing. Both these may fill their heads with superficial notions ..."

7. Miscellaneous Remains from the Commonplace Book of Richard Whately, D.D by Richard Whately, Elizabeth Jane Whately (1865)
"OF Smattering. December 1818. THE word ' smattering ... A smattering, or slight and imperfect knowledge of any subject, may be, 1st, a. superficial, or, ..."

8. The Christian Remembrancer by William Scott (1861)
"Let them reflect that a man may pass through the University with only a smattering of Classics, and yet earn honours in any other subject .that he may ..."

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