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smat·ter

 (smăt′ər)
v. smat·tered, smat·ter·ing, smat·ters
v.tr.
1. To speak (a language) without fluency: smatters Russian.
2. To study or approach superficially; dabble in.
v.intr.
To prattle: smattered on about her vacation.
n.
A smattering.

[Middle English smateren, to make dirty, speak foolishly, chatter.]

smat′ter·er n.

smatter

(ˈsmætə)
n
a smattering
vb
1. (intr) rare to prattle
2. (tr) archaic to dabble in
[C14 (in the sense: to prattle): of uncertain origin; compare Middle High German smetern to gossip]
ˈsmatterer n

smat•ter

(ˈsmæt ər)

v.t.
1. to speak (a language, words, etc.) with superficial knowledge or understanding.
2. to dabble in.
n.
[1300–50; Middle English; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Dan, Norwegian smadre to splash, swash, Swedish smattra to clatter, rattle]

smatter


Past participle: smattered
Gerund: smattering

Imperative
smatter
smatter
Present
I smatter
you smatter
he/she/it smatters
we smatter
you smatter
they smatter
Preterite
I smattered
you smattered
he/she/it smattered
we smattered
you smattered
they smattered
Present Continuous
I am smattering
you are smattering
he/she/it is smattering
we are smattering
you are smattering
they are smattering
Present Perfect
I have smattered
you have smattered
he/she/it has smattered
we have smattered
you have smattered
they have smattered
Past Continuous
I was smattering
you were smattering
he/she/it was smattering
we were smattering
you were smattering
they were smattering
Past Perfect
I had smattered
you had smattered
he/she/it had smattered
we had smattered
you had smattered
they had smattered
Future
I will smatter
you will smatter
he/she/it will smatter
we will smatter
you will smatter
they will smatter
Future Perfect
I will have smattered
you will have smattered
he/she/it will have smattered
we will have smattered
you will have smattered
they will have smattered
Future Continuous
I will be smattering
you will be smattering
he/she/it will be smattering
we will be smattering
you will be smattering
they will be smattering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been smattering
you have been smattering
he/she/it has been smattering
we have been smattering
you have been smattering
they have been smattering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been smattering
you will have been smattering
he/she/it will have been smattering
we will have been smattering
you will have been smattering
they will have been smattering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been smattering
you had been smattering
he/she/it had been smattering
we had been smattering
you had been smattering
they had been smattering
Conditional
I would smatter
you would smatter
he/she/it would smatter
we would smatter
you would smatter
they would smatter
Past Conditional
I would have smattered
you would have smattered
he/she/it would have smattered
we would have smattered
you would have smattered
they would have smattered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.smatter - work with in an amateurish manner; "She dabbles in astronomy"; "He plays around with investments but he never makes any money"
busy, occupy - keep busy with; "She busies herself with her butterfly collection"
2.smatter - to talk foolishlysmatter - to talk foolishly; "The two women babbled and crooned at the baby"
blabber, palaver, piffle, prate, prattle, tattle, tittle-tattle, twaddle, gabble, gibber, blab, clack, maunder, chatter - speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
3.smatter - speak with spotty or superficial knowledge; "She smatters Russian"
speak, talk - use language; "the baby talks already"; "the prisoner won't speak"; "they speak a strange dialect"
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