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Noun: smattering  sma-tu-ring
  1. A small number or amount
    "only a smattering of responses were received";
    - handful, smatter
     
  2. A slight or superficial understanding of a subject
    - smatter
Verb: smatter  sma-tu(r)
  1. Work with in an amateurish manner
    "She smatters in astronomy";
    - dabble, play around
     
  2. To talk foolishly
    "The two women smattered and crooned at the baby";
    - babble, blather, blether [UK, dialect], blither
     
  3. Speak with spotty or superficial knowledge
    "She smatters Russian"

Derived forms: smatterings

Type of: apprehension, blab, blabber, busy, chatter, clack, discernment, gabble, gibber, maunder, occupy, palaver, piffle, prate, prattle, rabbit [Brit], savvy, small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity, speak, talk, tattle, tittle-tattle, twaddle, understanding, vapor [Brit, Cdn], witter [Brit], yabber [Brit], yatter [Brit]