- small pieces; bits: broken into smithereens.
Origin of smithereens
Related Words for smithereenspeck, fragment, molecule, grain, fleck, mite, ray, slice, specimen, chunk, example, sample, item, portion, hunk, lot, scrap, bit, segment, section
Examples from the Web for smithereen
Historical Examples of 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
- little shattered pieces or fragments
Word Origin for smithereens
Word Origin and History for smithereen
"small fragments," 1810, smiddereens, from Irish smidirin, diminutive of smiodar "fragment," perhaps with diminutive ending as in Colleen.