[ smith-uh-reenz ]
/ ˌsmɪð əˈrinz /
small pieces; bits: broken into smithereens.
speck, fragment, molecule, grain, fleck, mite, ray, slice, specimen, chunk, example, sample, item, portion, hunk, lot, scrap, bit, segment, section
- smith, margaret chase,
- smith, red,
- smith, sydney,
- smith, tony,
- smith, william,
- smithfield ham,
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 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
/ (ˌsmɪðəˈriːnz) /
little shattered pieces or fragments
Word Origin for smithereens
C19: from Irish Gaelic smidirīn, from smiodar
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
"small fragments," 1810, smiddereens, from Irish smidirin, diminutive of smiodar "fragment," perhaps with diminutive ending as in Colleen.
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