verb (used with object), smote or (Obsolete) smit; smit·ten or smit; smit·ing.
verb (used without object), smote or (Obsolete) smit; smit·ten or smit; smit·ing.
Origin of smite
Examples from the Web for smit
On his last journey to the Cape, Smit took the Malay with him only part of the way.The Settler and the Savage|R.M. Ballantyne
The evidence shows that the boy was shot by a man serving under Smit.In the Shadow of Death|P. H. Kritzinger and R. D. McDonald
She says Joseph Warder is smit with Darthea's aunt, and what a fine courtship that will be!Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker|S. Weir Mitchell
Mr. Smit now began to "sing small," and turning deadly pale, asked in a tremulous voice if there were any chance of seeing Botha.My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War|Ben Viljoen.
Smit—Clashing noise, from smite—hence also (perhaps) Smith and Smithy.Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, Vol. II (of 3)|Walter Scott
British Dictionary definitions for smit (1 of 2)
Word Origin for smit
British Dictionary definitions for smit (2 of 2)
verb smites, smiting, smote, smitten or smit (mainly tr) mainly archaic
Word Origin for smite
Word Origin and History for smit
"to hit, strike, beat," mid-12c., from Old English smitan, which however is attested only as "to daub, smear on; soil, pollute, blemish, defile" (strong verb, past tense smat, past participle smiten), from Proto-Germanic *smitan (cf. Swedish smita, Danish smide "to smear, fling," Old Frisian smita, Middle Low German and Middle Dutch smiten "to cast, fling," Dutch smijten "to throw," Old High German smizan "to rub, strike," German schmeißen "to cast, fling," Gothic bismeitan "to spread, smear"). "The development of the various senses is not quite clear, but that of throwing is perh. the original one" [OED]. Watkins suggests "the semantic channel may have been slapping mud on walls in wattle and daub construction" and connects it with PIE *sme- "to smear;" Klein's sources also say this.
Sense of "slay in combat" (c.1300) is from Biblical expression smite to death, first attested c.1200. Meaning "visit disastrously" is mid-12c., also Biblical. Meaning "strike with passion or emotion" is from c.1300.