adjective, smooth·er, smooth·est.
verb (used with object)
Origin of smooth
Synonyms for smooth
Examples from the Web for smoothness
Contemporary Examples of smoothness
Everything proceeded with a smoothness and precision born of training drills.From Ebola Country to NYC’s Subways
October 25, 2014
Mace threw himself onto the stretcher, and Carter and Larson started moving, trying to achieve a balance of speed and smoothness.Ty Carter Awarded Medal of Honor
David Eisler, Jake Tapper
August 31, 2013
Historical Examples of smoothness
Cody's planes are noted for their neatness, rigidity and smoothness.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
They praised his eyes' alertness, the smoothness of his muscles.Buried Cities, Part 2
Smoothness, color and thickness are other attributes of the bark to be noted.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
All about her she could feel the smoothness of a falling trap.
Boat Frank was very proud of the smoothness and polish of his trays.Plantation Sketches
- 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