[ smith-uh-reenz ]
/ ˌsmɪð əˈrinz /
small pieces; bits: broken into smithereens.
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Also smith·ers [smith -erz] /ˈsmɪð ərz/.
Origin of smithereens
1820–30; dial. smithers (< ?) + Hiberno-English -een diminutive suffix (< Irish -ín)
Words nearby smithereens
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Example sentences from the Web for smithereen
Every smithereen of clothes that she has the mistress gave her, and the old lady has been open-handed, too.The Chronicles of Rhoda|Florence Tinsley Cox
British Dictionary definitions for smithereen
/ (ˌsmɪðəˈriːnz) /
little shattered pieces or fragments
Word Origin for smithereens
C19: from Irish Gaelic smidirīn, from smiodar
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