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smidgen

or smid·gin, smid·geon

[smij-uh n]
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noun
  1. a very small amount: a smidgen of jam for your toast.
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Origin of smidgen

First recorded in 1835–45; origin uncertain
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smidgen

smidgin

noun
  1. informal a very small amount or part
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Word Origin

C20: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for smidgeon

smidgen

n.

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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