smithereens

[ smith-uh-reenz ]
/ ˌsmɪð əˈrinz /
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plural noun

small pieces; bits: broken into smithereens.

Nearby words

  1. smith, margaret chase,
  2. smith, red,
  3. smith, sydney,
  4. smith, tony,
  5. smith, william,
  6. smithers,
  7. smithery,
  8. smithfield,
  9. smithfield ham,
  10. smithing

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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British Dictionary definitions for smithereens

smithereens

/ (ˌsmɪðəˈriːnz) /

pl n

little shattered pieces or fragments

Word Origin for smithereens

C19: from Irish Gaelic smidirīn, from smiodar

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Word Origin and History for smithereens

smithereens

n.

"small fragments," 1810, smiddereens, from Irish smidirin, diminutive of smiodar "fragment," perhaps with diminutive ending as in Colleen.

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