1. [syn: dabbler, dilettante, sciolist]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Sciolist \Sci"o*list\, n. [L. sciolus. See Sciolous.]
One who knows many things superficially; a pretender to
science; a smatterer.
These passages in that book were enough to humble the
presumption of our modern sciolists, if their pride
were not as great as their ignorance. --Sir W.
A master were lauded and sciolists shent. --R.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: an amateur who engages in an activity without serious
intentions and who pretends to have knowledge [syn:
dabbler, dilettante, sciolist]