or smid·gin, smid·geon

[smij-uh n]


a very small amount: a smidgen of jam for your toast.

Origin of smidgen

First recorded in 1835–45; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for smidgen




informal a very small amount or part

Word Origin for smidgen

C20: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for smidgen

1845, perhaps from Scottish smitch "very small amount; small insignificant person" (1822). Cf. Northumbrian dialectal smiddum "small particle of lead ore" (1821).

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