or smid·gin, smid·geon
- a very small amount: a smidgen of jam for your toast.
Origin of smidgen
First recorded in 1835–45; origin uncertain
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- informal a very small amount or part
C20: of obscure origin
Word Origin and History for smidgeon
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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