smasher

[ smash-er ]
/ ˈsmæʃ ər /

noun

a person or thing that smashes.
a person or thing that is excellent, impressive, extraordinary, or the like: That new off-Broadway show is a real smasher.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. smash,
  2. smash hit,
  3. smash-and-grab,
  4. smash-up,
  5. smashed,
  6. smashing,
  7. smashingly,
  8. smatch,
  9. smatter,
  10. smatterer

Origin of smasher

First recorded in 1785–95; smash + -er1

Origin of smash

1690–1700; perhaps blend of smack2 and mash1

Related formssmash·a·ble, adjective

Synonym study

1. See break.

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British Dictionary definitions for smasher

smasher

/ (ˈsmæʃə) /

noun

informal, mainly British a person or thing that is very attractive or outstanding

smash

/ (smæʃ) /

verb

noun

adverb

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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