[ smish ]
/ smɪʃ /
Digital Technology.

verb (used without object)

to stealthily collect personal information via text message sent to a mobile device, usually instructing the user to call a toll-free number: When identity theft fraudsters are smishing, your cell phone may be an easy target.

verb (used with object)

to scam (someone) or exploit (their mobile device) in this way: Has your smartphone been smished?
See also phish.

Origin of smish

First recorded in 2005–10; blend of SMS and phish

Related forms

smish·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019