smithereens

[ smith-uh-reenz ]
/ ˌsmɪð əˈrinz /

plural noun

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)
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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

smithereens
/ (ˌsmɪðəˈriːnz) /

pl n

little shattered pieces or fragments

Word Origin for smithereens

C19: from Irish Gaelic smidirīn, from smiodar
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