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Synonyms for smattering



Synonyms for smattering

a small number or amount

a slight or superficial understanding of a subject

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By this time we had picked up a smattering of the bastard language in which our guards addressed us, as well as making good headway in the rather charming tongue of our co-captives.
He had a smattering of every tongue that is spoken upon the seas, and more than a few times had he sailed on English ships, so that he understood fairly well all that had passed between Schneider and Schmidt since he had stumbled upon them.
Tarzan, who, by this time, with the assistance of Abdul, had picked up quite a smattering of Arab, questioned one of the younger men who had accompanied the sheik while the latter paid his respects to Captain Gerard.
That my smattering of knowledge should enable me to short-cut my way to truth is most reassuring.
I," said Don Quixote, "have some little smattering of Italian, and I plume myself on singing some of Ariosto's stanzas; but tell me, senor- I do not say this to test your ability, but merely out of curiosity- have you ever met with the word pignatta in your book?
I found my smattering of German very useful here, indeed, I don't know how I should be able to get on without it.
But it's chafing and galling--it's-- it's worse than your smattering chattering magpie of a grandmother," to the imperturbable Judy, who only looks at the fire, "to know he has got what's wanted and won't give it up.
Among other things, I learned to dispense drugs for the surgeon, and picked up a smattering of his knowledge.
As their strength and their grandeur, so their navigation, commerce, and husbandry are very imperfect, compared to the same things in Europe; also, in their knowledge, their learning, and in their skill in the sciences, they are either very awkward or defective, though they have globes or spheres, and a smattering of the mathematics, and think they know more than all the world besides.
We traveled everywhere--years and years-- picking up smatterings of strange tongues, familiarizing ourselves with strange sights and strange customs, accumulating an education of a wide and varied and curious sort.
Jurgis heard smatterings of it, for the reason that terror kept him awake-- he knew that he snored abominably, and to have been put out just then would have been like a sentence of death to him.
Despite a smattering of rain and easing temperatures, Los Angeles officials and residents remain on edge as firefighters battle the largest wildfire in Los Angeles history.
C in with a smattering of vintage fashion and you have surely got to be on to a winning trend.
Tow Law, in County Durham saw a smattering, as did parts of Weardale, while Consett also had a snowfall, although police said it had not caused any traffic problems.
The National Weather Service is predicting a smattering of rain in the vicinity of the fires by early next week, which could provide a boost for efforts to contain and stamp out the fires, said National Weather Service meteorologist Clinton Rockey.