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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.
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smatterer

noun
One lacking professional skill and ease in a particular pursuit:
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smatterer

nStümperer m (pej), → Stümperin f (pej)
References in classic literature ?
This, he considered, was the only basis of solid instruction; all other means of education were mere charlatanism, and could produce nothing better than smatterers.
Too vast a subject, ma'am," he said, "for a smatterer like me.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, "The Smatterers," in From Under the Rubble (Fontana Collins: 1976), 272-73.