What is another word for smattering?

Pronunciation: [smˈatəɹɪŋ] (IPA)

Smattering is a word that is frequently used in English language to refer to a small or insufficient amount of something. It is often used to describe knowledge, language proficiency, or experience. However, there are several synonyms for this word that may be more appropriate depending on the context of the sentence. For example, some synonyms for smattering include: a little, a bit, a smidgen, a pinch, a shred, and a fragment. Other synonyms include a modicum, a sliver, a tinge, a speck, and a glimmer. Each of these synonyms conveys the idea of a small or insufficient amount, but can help avoid repetition in writing and speech.

Synonyms for Smattering:

What are the hypernyms for Smattering?

A hypernym is a word with a broad meaning that encompasses more specific words called hyponyms.
  • Other hypernyms:

    scattering, sprinkling, slight knowledge, Bit of Knowledge, Fleeting Knowledge, Seemingly Random Knowledge, partial knowledge.

What are the hyponyms for Smattering?

Hyponyms are more specific words categorized under a broader term, known as a hypernym.

What are the opposite words for smattering?

The word "smattering" means a small amount or a hint of something. Its antonyms would be words that signify a large quantity or a complete lack of something. For example, the antonyms of "smattering" could be "abundance", "copiousness", "profusion", "plenty", "heaps", or "excess". Conversely, antonyms for "smattering" that refer to a complete absence or a dearth of something might include "barrenness", "scarcity", "emptiness", "deficiency", "insufficiency", or "poverty". Using antonyms in speech or writing can help us communicate more effectively and accurately convey the intended meaning or message.

Usage examples for Smattering

"It's not a difficult language," Harkaway said modestly, "and I have managed to pick up quite a comprehensive smattering.
"Once a Greech"
Evelyn E. Smith
Then they mockingly pointed to her face, and to their own, holding the glass before her again and again, while from the smattering she knew of the language, Helen made out that they were telling her how beautiful she looked now, and that she ought to be grateful for that which they had done.
"One Maid's Mischief"
George Manville Fenn
If I were to be frank with you, Digby, I 'd say I 'd rather have you in total ignorance than with that smattering of knowledge a mamma's teaching is sure to imply.
"That Boy Of Norcott's"
Charles James Lever

Famous quotes with Smattering

  • We have come through a strange cycle in programming, starting with the creation of programming itself as a human activity. Executives with the tiniest smattering of knowledge assume that anyone can write a program, and only now are programmers beginning to win their battle for recognition as true professionals. Not just anyone, with any background, or any training, can do a fine job of programming. Programmers know this, but then why is it that they think that anyone picked off the street can do documentation? One has only to spend an hour looking at papers written by graduate students to realize the extent to which the ability to communicate is not universally held. And so, when we speak about computer program documentation, we are not speaking about the psychology of computer programming at all - except insofar as programmers have the illusion that anyone can do a good job of documentation, provided he is not smart enough to be a programmer.
    Gerald Weinberg
  • Ah, I fancy it is just the same with most of what you call your emancipation. You have read yourself into a number of new ideas and opinions. You have got a sort of smattering of recent discoveries in various fields -- discoveries that seem to overthrow certain principles which have hitherto been held impregnable and unassailable. But all this has only been a matter of intellect, Miss West -- superficial acquisition. It has not passed into your blood.
    Henrik Ibsen
  • A science fiction writer is—or should be—constrained by what is, or logically might be. That can mean simple fidelity to facts (which, in science, are always more important than theories—though Lord knows the two help shape each other, undermining the convenient, complacent separation of observer and observed). To me it also means heeding the authentic, the actual and concrete. Bad fiction uses the glossy generality; good writing needs the smattering of detail, the unrelenting busy mystery of the real.
    Gregory Benford
  • And you, amiable debauchees, you who since youth have known no limits but those of your desires and who have been governed by your caprices alone, study the cynical Dolmancé, proceed like him and go as far as he if you too would travel the length of those flowered ways your lechery prepares for you; in Dolmancé's academy be at last convinced it is only by exploring and enlarging the sphere of his tastes and whims, it is only by sacrificing everything to the senses' pleasure that this individual, who never asked to be cast into this universe of woe, that this poor creature who goes under the name of Man, may be able to sow a smattering of roses atop the thorny path of life.
    Marquis de Sade
  • When mons. Descartes's by the Elegance of its Style and the plausible Accounts of natural Phænomena, had overthrown the Aristotelian Physics, the World received but little Advantage by the Change: For instead of a few Pedants, who, most of them, being conscious of their Ignorance, concealed it with hard Words and pompous Terms; a new Set of Philosophers started up, whose lazy Disposition easily fell in with a Philosophy, that required no Mathematicks to understand it, and who taking a few Principles for granted, without examining their Reality or Consistence with each other, fancied they could solve all Appearances mechanically by Matter and Motion; and, in their smattering Way, pretended to demonstrate such things, as perhaps Cartesius himself never believed ; his Philosophy (if he bad been in earnest) being unable to stand the test of the Geometry which he was Master of.
    John Theophilus Desaguliers

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