dabble vs smatter what difference

what is difference between dabble and smatter

English

Etymology

From earlier dable, equivalent to dab +‎ -le (frequentative suffix), possibly from Middle Dutch dabbelen (to pinch; knead; to fumble; to dabble); cognate with Icelandic dafla (to dabble).

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈdæb(ə)l/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈdæbəl/
  • Rhymes: -æbəl
  • Hyphenation: dab‧ble

Verb

dabble (third-person singular simple present dabbles, present participle dabbling, simple past and past participle dabbled)

  1. (transitive) To make slightly wet or soiled by spattering or sprinkling a liquid (such as water, mud, or paint) on it; to bedabble. [from late 16th c.]
  2. (transitive) To cause splashing by moving a body part like a bill or limb in soft mud, water, etc., often playfully; to play in shallow water; to paddle.
  3. (intransitive, figuratively) To participate or have an interest in an activity in a casual or superficial way.
  4. (intransitive, obsolete) To interfere or meddle in; to tamper with.

Synonyms

  • (to make slightly wet or soiled): bespatter, besprinkle, spatter

Derived terms

  • bedabble
  • dabbler
  • dabblesome
  • dabbling (noun)
  • dabbling duck

Translations

See also

  • dribble

Noun

dabble (plural dabbles)

  1. A spattering or sprinkling of a liquid.
  2. An act of splashing in soft mud, water, etc.
  3. An act of participation in an activity in a casual or superficial way.

Translations

References

  • John A. Simpson and Edward S. C. Weiner, editors (1989), “dabble, v.”, in The Oxford English Dictionary, volume IV (Creel–Duzepere), 2nd edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, →ISBN, page 207, columns 2–3.


English

Etymology

From Middle English smatteren, smateren. Compare Swedish smattra, Danish and Norwegian smadre (all of which mean to patter), German schmettern (to resound).

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈsmæ.tə/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈsmæ.təɹ/, [ˈsmæ.ɾɚ]
  • Rhymes: -ætə(r)

Verb

smatter (third-person singular simple present smatters, present participle smattering, simple past and past participle smattered)

  1. (intransitive) To talk superficially; to babble, chatter.
    • 1533, John Heywood, A Mery Play Betwene the Pardoner and the Frere, London: Wyllyam Rastell,[1]
      What standest thou there all the day smatterynge
    • c. 1594, William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act III, Scene 5,[2]
      And why, my lady wisdom? hold your tongue,
      Good prudence; smatter with your gossips, go.
    • 1733, Jonathan Swift “On Poetry” in The Poetical Works of Jonathan Swift, London: William Pickering, 1833, Volume 2, pp. 63-64,[3]
      For poets, law makes no provision;
      The wealthy have you in derision:
      Of state affairs you cannot smatter;
      Are awkward when you try to flatter;
  2. (transitive) To speak (a language) with spotty or superficial knowledge.
    • 1891, Robert Louis Stevenson, In the South Seas, New York: Scribner, 1896, Chapter 2, p. 9,[4]
      The languages of Polynesia are easy to smatter, though hard to speak with elegance.
  3. (transitive, figuratively) To study or approach superficially; to dabble in.
  4. To have a slight taste, or a slight, superficial knowledge, of anything; to smack.

Derived terms

  • smatterer
  • smattering

Translations

Noun

smatter (plural smatters)

  1. A smattering (small number or amount).
    a smatter of applause
  2. A smattering (superficial knowledge).

Anagrams

  • Matters, matters

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