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smeddum

noun Scot
  1. any fine powder
  2. spirit or mettle; vigour
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Word Origin for smeddum

Old English smedema fine flour
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Historical Examples of smeddum

  • It wasn't your father—he hasn't the smeddum of a flea—but he wouldn't send you to do what he dassn't do himself.

    Rainbow Valley

    Lucy Maud Montgomery