A smattering is a small but inexact amount of something. If you know a smattering of things about Australia, then you don't know much.

A smattering is a small amount of something, but it's hard to say how much. It's probably less than a bunch, but it's not much more than a whit or a jot. If you said "There's a smattering of squirrels in the park," then there are only a few squirrels. This word also implies that you don't understand a subject very well — a smattering of knowledge is only a tiny bit of knowledge.

Definitions of smattering
  1. noun
    a slight or superficial understanding of a subject
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    type of:
    apprehension, discernment, savvy, understanding
    the cognitive condition of someone who understands
  2. noun
    a small number or amount
    synonyms: handful
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    type of:
    small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
    an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
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