\ ˈsmash How to pronounce smash (audio) \

Definition of smash

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a smashing blow or attack
b : a hard overhand stroke (as in tennis or badminton)
2a : the action or sound of smashing especially : a wreck due to collision : crash
b : utter collapse : ruin
3 : a striking success


smashed; smashing; smashes

Definition of smash (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to break or crush by violence
2a : to drive or throw violently especially with a shattering or battering effect also : to effect in this way
b : to hit violently : batter
c(1) : to hit (something, such as a tennis ball) with a hard overhand stroke
(2) : to drive (a ball) with a forceful stroke
3 : to destroy utterly : wreck

intransitive verb

1 : to move or become propelled with violence or crashing effect smashed into a tree
2 : to become wrecked
3 : to go to pieces suddenly under collision or pressure



Definition of smash (Entry 3 of 3)

: being a smash : outstanding a smash hit

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smasher noun

Examples of smash in a Sentence

Noun The new movie is a smash. She was a smash at the party. His new song promises to be a smash hit. The vase fell to the ground with a loud smash. She hit an overhand smash that won the match. Verb He smashed the vase with a hammer. The ball smashed the window. The vase fell and smashed to pieces. He smashed into the wall. She smashed the ball deep into the opposite corner.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The John Wick action franchise, which stars Keanu Reeves and is distributed by Lionsgate, has been a critical and box office smash, with the three movies generating over $579 million worldwide. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "'John Wick 5' in the Works, Lionsgate to Shoot Two Installments Back-to-Back," 6 Aug. 2020 Sarno’s crew also engaged in smash-and-grab robberies in which hundreds of thousands of dollars in gems were stolen from jewelry stores and then fenced at a Cicero pawnshop operated by the Outlaws motorcycle gang, according to prosecutors. Sophie Sherry,, "Reputed mob boss Michael ‘the Large Guy’ Sarno wants out of prison 12 years early because of the pandemic," 4 Aug. 2020 The movie was a smash hit and dominated the conversation over a difficult Independence Day weekend as Americans reckoned with the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the heightened conversations about racial justice and police brutality. Nicholas Rice,, "Disney+ to Follow-Up Hamilton with Once on This Island Musical Adaptation," 31 July 2020 On July 24, the streaming giant announced the smash hit had been renewed for another season. Lauren Puckett, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything We Know About Outer Banks Season 2," 24 July 2020 Sarah plays Haley Dunphey in Modern Family while Mila starred in the '90s smash TV show about another decade, That '70s Show. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "22 Celebrity Lookalikes You Have To See To Believe," 21 July 2020 Police in Thornton are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man wanted for a smash-and-grab burglary of a pet store. Robert Garrison, The Denver Post, "Man crashes car into pet store, steals 6 puppies in Thornton," 19 July 2020 The Broadway smash hit has spawned a variety of parodies that re-imagine the music, message or both. Gary Dinges, USA TODAY, "From Weird Al's polka to the mask-up medley, these 'Hamilton' parodies are keeping us satisfied," 11 July 2020 The last time a smash Broadway musical at the height of its influence and popularity was made available in this way was . . . Peter Marks, Washington Post, "As ‘Hamilton’ becomes a movie, suddenly we’re all in the room where it happens," 26 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Knowledge and expertise are a fraud and historical fact a bauble to play with or smash at will, with no regard for the consequences to anyone. Andrew Altschul, The New York Review of Books, "Fiction and Responsibility," 6 July 2020 In New York on Monday, looters defied an 11 pm curfew to smash windows and steal goods from stores in the heart of midtown Manhattan, including the flagship Macy’s on 34th Street. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "Curfews Can Quell Violence—but Also Spark More Protests," 4 June 2020 Besides getting burned at the dragon hole, golfers get knocked into the water by unforgiving windmills and smash into a pole while on a zipline. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Lava, tag and mini-golf: Ranking summer's reality TV games for escapist fun in difficult times," 14 July 2020 Mark Royden, from Canterbury, Kent, was convicted Friday of using a hammer to try to smash the security case holding the document at Salisbury Cathedral on October 25, 2018. Washington Post, "Man gets prison for failed theft of Magna Carta in England," 10 July 2020 The Italianate structure is adjacent to the section of Main Street where local high school juniors and seniors gather each October to smash pumpkins and sled down the slick entrails of the gourds. cleveland, "Chagrin Falls is a day trip that attaches to your heart," 10 July 2020 The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society went on to smash and scuttle whaling and sealing vessels around the world, using sledgehammers, paintball guns and even mines. The Economist, "If climate activists turned to terrorism What if climate activists turn to terrorism?," 4 July 2020 Black People Will Swim is an organization working to smash the stereotype that Black people don’t swim. Essence, "The Build Your Legacy Contest Winners Have Been Announced!," 4 July 2020 Carefully flip the patties; smash by pressing down with a spatula to flatten and spread the onions on the griddle. Casey Barber, Better Homes & Gardens, "Road Trip Eats: Recipes Inspired By Route 66," 26 June 2020

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First Known Use of smash


1725, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1764, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for smash


perhaps blend of smack entry 4 and mash entry 2

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The first known use of smash was in 1725

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11 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Smash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of smash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: someone or something that is very successful or popular
: the sound made when something hits a surface very violently
: a hard downward hit in tennis or other games



English Language Learners Definition of smash (Entry 2 of 2)

: to break (something) into many pieces : to shatter or destroy (something)
: to hit (something) violently and very hard
: to hit (a ball) downward and very hard in tennis and other games


\ ˈsmash How to pronounce smash (audio) \

Kids Definition of smash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a violent blow
2 : the action or sound of shattering or hitting violently He broke the plate with a smash.
3 : a striking success The show was a smash.


smashed; smashing

Kids Definition of smash (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to break in pieces : shatter She smashed the dishes.
2 : to hit or move violently He smashed a ball over the fence.
3 : to destroy completely Our best swimmer smashed the state record. He smashed the car.

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