adjective, smooth·er, smooth·est.
verb (used with object)
Origin of smooth
Synonyms for smooth
Related Words for smoothpolished, sleek, gentle, mild, effortless, tranquil, silky, creamy, easy, stable, flat, serene, continuous, fluid, uneventful, peaceful, soft, steady, quiet, glossy
Examples from the Web for smooth
Contemporary Examples of smooth
Cook, stirring often, for 10 minutes or until the sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture is smooth.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Sticky Toffee Pudding
December 28, 2014
It felt like that kind of moment, with Whitney trying to smooth things over.Inside the Lifetime Whitney Houston Movie’s Lesbian Lover Storyline
December 16, 2014
You may just enjoy the rich, smooth fruit of their labor that little bit more.When It Comes to Great Whisky, The Size of Your Still Matters
December 9, 2014
The kid wore a white T-shirt with the collar stretched loosely around the top of his smooth chest.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
Jay Carney may have been hoping for a smooth debut as CNN's 'senior political commentator.'John McCain Roughs Up Jay Carney During His CNN Primetime Debut
September 11, 2014
Historical Examples of smooth
"You see we do not follow the English style," said the smooth hostess to Philip.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
We are charged with the sacred duty of making their path as smooth and easy as we can.
Why, truly, his last will shewed what effect your smooth obligingness had upon him!Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
The joint is jagged in lamb, but smooth and round in mutton.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
The smooth, complacent-faced man in front of him made him realize this.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
- suave or persuasive, esp as suggestive of insincerity
- (in combination)smooth-tongued
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for smooth
Old English smoð "smooth, serene, calm," variant of smeðe "free from roughness, not harsh, polished; soft; suave; agreeable," of unknown origin and with no known cognates. Of words, looks, "pleasant, polite, sincere" late 14c., but later "flattering, insinuating" (mid-15c.). Slang meaning "superior, classy, clever" is attested from 1893. Sense of "stylish" is from 1922.
Smooth-bore in reference to guns is from 1812. smooth talk (v.) is recorded from 1950. A 1599 dictionary has smoothboots "a flatterer, a faire spoken man, a cunning tongued fellow." The usual Old English form was smeðe, and there is a dialectal smeeth found in places names, e.g. Smithfield, Smedley.
late Old English smoþ "to make smooth," replacing smeðan "to smooth, soften, polish; appease, soothe;" smeðian "smoothen, become smooth," from the source of smooth (adj.). Meaning "to make smooth" is c.1200. Related: Smoothed; smoothing. Middle English also had a verb form smoothen (mid-14c.).
In addition to the idioms beginning with smooth
- smooth as silk
- smooth over
- smooth sailing
- take the rough with the smooth