Nearby words

  1. smarts,
  2. smartwatch,
  3. smartweed,
  4. smarty,
  5. smarty-pants,
  6. smash hit,
  7. smash-and-grab,
  8. smash-up,
  9. smashed,
  10. smasher

Origin of smash

1690–1700; perhaps blend of smack2 and mash1

Related formssmash·a·ble, adjective

Synonym study

1. See break. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for smash

British Dictionary definitions for smash



to break into pieces violently and usually noisily
(when intr, foll by against, through, into, etc) to throw or crash (against) vigorously, causing shatteringhe smashed the equipment; it smashed against the wall
(tr) to hit forcefully and suddenly
(tr) tennis squash badminton to hit (the ball) fast and powerfully, esp with an overhead stroke
(tr) to defeat or wreck (persons, theories, etc)
(tr) to make bankrupt
(intr) to collide violently; crash
(intr often foll by up) to go bankrupt
smash someone's face in informal to beat someone severely


an act, instance, or sound of smashing or the state of being smashed
a violent collision, esp of vehicles
a total failure or collapse, as of a business
tennis squash badminton a fast and powerful overhead stroke
  1. something having popular success
  2. (in combination)smash-hit
slang loose change; coins


with a smash
See also smash-up

Derived Formssmashable, adjective

Word Origin for smash

C18: probably from sm (ack ² + m) ash

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Word Origin and History for smash
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