[ smith ]
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  1. a worker in metal.

  2. a blacksmith.

verb (used with object)
  1. to forge on an anvil; form by heating and pounding: to smith armor.

Origin of smith

before 900; (noun) Middle English, Old English; cognate with German Schmied,Old Norse smithr,Gothic -smitha; (v.) Middle English smithen,Old English smithian; cognate with Old Norse smitha,Gothic gasmithōn

Other definitions for Smith (2 of 2)

[ smith ]

  1. Adam, 1723–90, Scottish economist.

  2. Alfred E(manuel), 1873–1944, U.S. political leader.

  1. Bessie, 1894?–1937, U.S. singer.

  2. Charles Henry "Bill Arp", 1826–1903, U.S. humorist.

  3. David, 1906–65, U.S. sculptor.

  4. Edmond Kir·by [kur-bee], /ˈkɜr bi/, 1824–93, Confederate general in the Civil War.

  5. Francis Hopkinson, 1838–1915, U.S. novelist, painter, and engineer.

  6. George, 1840–76, English archaeologist and Assyriologist.

  7. Hamilton Othanel, born 1931, U.S. microbiologist, codiscoverer of restriction enzymes: Nobel Prize 1978.

  8. Hannah Whit·all [hwit-awl, wit‐], /ˈʰwɪt ɔl, ˈwɪt‐/, 1832–1911, U.S. writer and evangelist.

  9. Ian Douglas, 1919–2007, Rhodesian political leader: prime minister 1964–79.

  10. Jed·e·di·ah Strong [jed-uh-dahy-uh-strawng, strong], /ˌdʒɛd əˈdaɪ ə ˈstrɔŋ, ˈstrɒŋ/, 1799–1831, U.S. trapper and explorer, one of the mountain men in the early American West.

  11. John, 1580–1631, English adventurer and colonist in Virginia.

  12. Joseph, 1805–44, U.S. religious leader: founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  13. Julia Ev·e·li·na [ev-uh-lahy-nuh], /ˌɛv əˈlaɪ nə/, 1792–1886, U.S. suffragist.

  14. Kathryn Elizabeth "Kate", 1909–86, U.S. singer.

  15. Lo·gan Pear·sall [loh-guhn peer-sawl], /ˈloʊ gən ˈpɪər sɔl/, 1865–1946, U.S. essayist in England.

  16. Margaret Chase, 1897–1995, U.S. politician.

  17. Michael, 1932–2000, Canadian biochemist, born in England: Nobel Prize 1993.

  18. Oliver, 1918–1994, U.S. set designer and theatrical producer.

  19. Red Walter Wellesley Smith, 1905–82, U.S. sports journalist.

  20. Sydney, 1771–1845, English clergyman, writer, and wit.

  21. Tony, 1912–80, U.S. sculptor.

  22. William, 1769–1839, English geologist.

  23. a male given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use smith in a sentence

  • He had removed all trace of the days smithing and fairly shone with cleanliness.

    The Snow-Burner | Henry Oyen
  • A lump of smithing coal breaks easily, shows clean and even on all sides and should not break into layers.

  • "You'll have to fetch and carry besides smithing," said James, a blunt, kind-hearted fellow.

    Indian and Scout | F. S. Brereton
  • Cowling, his master, was an Englishman by birth, and followed black-smithing for a living.

    The Underground Railroad | William Still
  • Freedom from smithing eliminates liability to failure at cranks, or other work which has been subject to fire.

    The Anatomy of Bridgework | William Henry Thorpe

British Dictionary definitions for smith (1 of 2)


/ (smɪθ) /

    • a person who works in metal, esp one who shapes metal by hammering

    • (in combination): a silversmith

Origin of smith

Old English; related to Old Norse smithr, Old High German smid, Middle Low German smīde jewellery, Greek smilē carving knife

British Dictionary definitions for Smith (2 of 2)


/ (smɪθ) /

  1. Adam. 1723–90, Scottish economist and philosopher, whose influential book The Wealth of Nations (1776) advocated free trade and private enterprise and opposed state interference

  2. Alexander McCall. born 1948, Scottish writer and academic, born in Zimbabwe. His novels include The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (1998), The Sunday Philosophy Club (2004) and 44 Scotland Street (2005)

  1. Bessie, known as Empress of the Blues. 1894–1937, US blues singer and songwriter

  2. Delia. born 1941, British cookery writer and broadcaster: her publications include The Complete Cookery Course (1982)

  3. F.E. See (1st Earl of) Birkenhead

  4. Harvey. born 1938, British showjumper

  5. Ian (Douglas). 1919–2007, Zimbabwean statesman; prime minister of Rhodesia (1964–79). He declared independence from Britain unilaterally (1965)

  6. John. ?1580–1631, English explorer and writer, who helped found the North American colony of Jamestown, Virginia. He was reputedly saved by the Indian chief's daughter Pocahontas from execution by her tribe. Among his works is a Description of New England (1616)

  7. John. 1938–94, British Labour politician; leader of the Labour Party 1992–94

  8. Joseph. 1805–44, US religious leader; founder of the Mormon Church

  9. Dame Maggie. born 1934, British actress. She has appeared in the films The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969), California Suite (1978), The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1988), The Secret Garden (1993), Gosford Park (2001), the Harry Potter series (2001–11), and in the TV series Downton Abbey (from 2010)

  10. Stevie, real name Florence Margaret Smith. 1902–71, British poet. Her works include Novel on Yellow Paper (1936), and the poems `A Good Time was had by All' (1937) and `Not Waving but Drowning' (1957)

  11. Sydney. 1771–1845, British clergyman and writer, noted for The Letters of Peter Plymley (1807–08), in which he advocated Catholic emancipation

  12. Will (ard Christopher). born 1968, US film actor and rap singer; star of the television series The Fresh Prince of Bel Air (1990–96) and the films Men In Black (1997), Ali (2001), and I Robot (2004)

  13. Wilbur. born 1933, British novelist, born in Zambia. His novels include Where the Lion Feeds (1964), Monsoon (1999) and The Quest (2007)

  14. William. 1769–1839, English geologist, who founded the science of stratigraphy by proving that rock strata could be dated by the fossils they contained

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Scientific definitions for Smith (1 of 2)


[ smĭth ]

  1. American microbiologist who isolated bacterial enzymes that could split genetic DNA into fragments large enough to retain genetic information but small enough to permit chemical analysis. The existence of these compounds (called restriction enzymes) was earlier predicted by Werner Arber, and their discovery revolutionized genetic engineering. For this work Smith shared the 1978 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine with Arber and Daniel Nathans.

Scientific definitions for Smith, (2 of 2)


  1. British-born Canadian biochemist who developed a method for making a specific genetic mutation at any spot on a DNA molecule. He shared with American biochemist Kary B. Mullis the 1993 Nobel Prize for chemistry.

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