match·​wood ˈmach-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce matchwood (audio)
: small pieces of wood : splinters

Examples of matchwood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the tiny village of Pidhaine, with an aging population of just 200 or so, a little library was smashed to matchwood. Ainara Tiefenthäler, New York Times, 19 Dec. 2022 In 1512, Spanish mercenaries made matchwood of Tuscan defenses, the republic fell and the Medici returned. Edmund Fawcett, New York Times, 16 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1786, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of matchwood was in 1786

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Cite this Entry

“Matchwood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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