adjective, smooth·er, smooth·est.
verb (used with object)
Origin of smooth
Synonyms for smooth
Examples from the Web for smoothly
Contemporary Examples of smoothly
And George Herbert Walker Bush for smoothly overseeing the end of the Cold War.Will the Tapes That Destroyed Nixon Help Rehabilitate His Image?
August 6, 2014
Until recently, Rice was smoothly on track to become the Edmund Hillary of foreign-policy strivers.Susan Rice Didn’t Deserve State Post, Let Alone Her U.N. Role
December 14, 2012
Former Moral Majoritarian Ralph Reed smoothly explained how.The GOP Faces Years in the Wilderness After 2012 Election Losses
November 26, 2012
Will the project live up to its apocalyptic name—or go as smoothly as the first Carmageddon 14 months ago?Los Angeles Area Girds for Carmageddon II Freeway Closure
September 28, 2012
But her first run didn't quite go as smoothly as her teammates had hoped.6 Classic Olympic Tearjerker Moments (Video)
July 27, 2012
Historical Examples of smoothly
Presently she reappeared, and with her, smoothly talking her down, came the young man.Meadow Grass
It doesn't strike you that they went off a little too smoothly, does it?'A Woman Intervenes
This was a wide stream, smoothly hurrying, without rapids or tumult.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
Then mix it smoothly with the yeast, and stir it into the household flour.The Skilful Cook
His garments clung as tightly and smoothly as if he had been kneaded into them—as, indeed, he had.The Strolling Saint
- 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