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smeddum

/ (ˈsmɛdəm) /
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noun Scot
any fine powder
spirit or mettle; vigour
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Word Origin for smeddum

Old English smedema fine flour
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How to use smeddum in a sentence

  • 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
  • He'll want smeddum and manly discipline; that's the stuff to make the soldier.

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