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v. smat·tered, smat·ter·ing, smat·ters
1. To speak (a language) without fluency: smatters Russian.
2. To study or approach superficially; dabble in.
To prattle: smattered on about her vacation.
[Middle English smateren, to make dirty, speak foolishly, chatter.]
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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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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]
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Past participle: smattered
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|Verb||1.||smatter - work with in an amateurish manner; "She dabbles in astronomy"; "He plays around with investments but he never makes any money"|
|2.||smatter - to talk foolishly; "The two women babbled and crooned at the baby"|
|3.||smatter - speak with spotty or superficial knowledge; "She smatters Russian"|
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