Definition of smatterer in English:



  • A person who studies a subject in a superficial way or has only a slight knowledge of it.

    • ‘When reached in his London office, Newton declined to comment, saying only that he had ‘no use for little smatterers in mathematics.’’
    • ‘Better be proficient in one art than a smatterer in a thousand.’
    • ‘A man of true science uses but few hard words, and then only when none will answer his purpose; whereas the smatterer in science thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things.’
    • ‘When people want a legal opinion in detail, they must address their communications to us, individually, and not to irresponsible smatterers, like the chief editor.’
    • ‘Besides this, he also wrote tolerable poetry, but his taste was not pure, and he had his favourite authors and singular preferences; in a word, he was a literary smatterer, and a theatrical architect.’