[ smash-er ]
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  1. a person or thing that smashes.

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

Origin of smasher

First recorded in 1785–95; smash + -er1

Words Nearby smasher Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use smasher in a sentence

  • He had seen two or three chiefs at Ezulwini, looking thorough “slouches” in waistcoats and shirt-sleeves and ragged smasher hats.

    Forging the Blades | Bertram Mitford
  • Commit an insufferable new stud-smasher to a laundry and note the fate that overtakes it.

    Bizarre | Lawton Mackall
  • And now she was discovering what a disorganizer love is, what an anarch among plans, what a smasher of china.

    What Will People Say? | Rupert Hughes
  • It frequently happens that a good dancer makes a ready “smasher.”

    The Old Pike | Thomas B. Searight
  • He was, as he phrased it, an "all-mighty smasher," and would have been a rare man for Congress!

    One Of Them | Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for smasher


/ (ˈsmæʃə) /

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

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