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smithereens

[smith-uh-reenz]
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plural noun
  1. small pieces; bits: broken into smithereens.
Also smith·ers [smith-erz] /ˈsmɪð ərz/.

Origin of smithereens

1820–30; dial. smithers (< ?) + Hiberno-English -een diminutive suffix (< Irish -ín)
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Examples from the Web for smither

Historical Examples

  • She had been there five-and-forty years and Smither three-and-forty!

    The Forsyte Saga, Volume III.

    John Galsworthy

  • He tapped, and a door was opened by Smither, very red in the face.

  • Well, Smither, I want to see him, if I can; in case he has anything to say to me.

  • Smither should toast him some more muffins, his dear father had eaten them all.

  • Smither should choose it for her at the stores, nice and dappled.


British Dictionary definitions for smither

smithereens

pl n
  1. little shattered pieces or fragments

Word Origin

C19: from Irish Gaelic smidirīn, from smiodar
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Word Origin and History for smither

smithereens

n.

"small fragments," 1810, smiddereens, from Irish smidirin, diminutive of smiodar "fragment," perhaps with diminutive ending as in Colleen.

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