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 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?|Scott Porch|August 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Jacob Heilbrunn|December 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Former Moral Majoritarian Ralph Reed smoothly explained how.The GOP Faces Years in the Wilderness After 2012 Election Losses|Robert Shrum|November 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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|Christine Pelisek|September 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But her first run didn't quite go as smoothly as her teammates had hoped.
And with that idea to guide her, she found the days slide by smoothly.Big Timber|Bertrand W. Sinclair
In order to learn how smoothly we have only to present ourselves at a certain important social function.The Sins of Sverac Bablon|Sax Rohmer
The head is too large, because the tying silk is not wound tightly and smoothly.How to Tie Flies|E. C. Gregg
"It would be against my duty to permit you to incarcerate this miscreant," he said smoothly.Highways in Hiding|George Oliver Smith
Mrs. Vervain went on, smoothly: "I supposed it might have struck you that there were times when we presented that appearance."The Early Short Fiction of Edith Wharton, Part 1 (of 10)|Edith Wharton
- 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