- small pieces; bits: broken into smithereens.
Also smith·ers [smith -erz] /ˈsmɪð ərz/.
Origin of smithereens
1820–30; dial. smithers (< ?) + Hiberno-English -een diminutive suffix (< Irish -ín)
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Examples from the Web for smither
She had been there five-and-forty years and Smither three-and-forty!
He tapped, and a door was opened by Smither, very red in the face.
Well, Smither, I want to see him, if I can; in case he has anything to say to me.
Smither should toast him some more muffins, his dear father had eaten them all.
Smither should choose it for her at the stores, nice and dappled.
- little shattered pieces or fragments
C19: from Irish Gaelic smidirīn, from smiodar
Word Origin and History for smither
"small fragments," 1810, smiddereens, from Irish smidirin, diminutive of smiodar "fragment," perhaps with diminutive ending as in Colleen.
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