adjective, smooth·er, smooth·est.
verb (used with object)
- smooth as silk,
- smooth breathing,
- smooth collie,
- smooth diet,
- smooth dogfish
Origin of smooth
Examples from the Web for 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|Carla Hall|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It felt like that kind of moment, with Whitney trying to smooth things over.Inside the Lifetime Whitney Houston Movie’s Lesbian Lover Storyline|Kevin Fallon|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You may just enjoy the rich, smooth fruit of their labor that little bit more.
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|Lloyd Grove|September 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Exchanging a few flirtatious messages online, though, paves the way for a smooth first date.
The cerebral hemispheres, which are smooth, do not extend over the cerebellum.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia|Frank Evers Beddard
Her lips were red and sweetly curved, her cheek was smooth and firm as so much brown velvet.Spacehounds of IPC|Edward Elmer Smith
A tight boat, a fair wind, a smooth sea—let us hope for the best!For Faith and Freedom|Walter Besant
Ring circular, smooth, its transverse section also circular.
Cortical shell thick walled, smooth, with irregular network.
- 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