AskDefine | Define smattering

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1 a small number or amount; "only a handful of responses were received" [syn: handful]
2 a slight or superficial understanding of a subject

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  • ˈsmæɾɹˌɨŋg
  • ˈsmætərɪŋ


  1. A superficial or shallow knowledge of a subject.
    She knows a smattering of Greek, but not enough to carry on a conversation.
  2. A small number or amount of something.
    There’s only a smattering of people who oppose the second amendment.


superficial knowledge
  • Dutch: greintje
  • Japanese: 少し
small number
  • Dutch: handvol
  • Japanese: qualifier number 少数; qualifier ammount 少量


  1. present participle of smatter

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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