\ 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 However, Hurkacz was broken two service games later, with Berrettini punctuating the break with a stunning forehand on the run while chasing down his opponent's smash, surely one of the shots of the tournament so far. Matias Grez, CNN, 9 July 2021 As any superhero must, Johansson does her share of smash-crash-bash in the Marvel movies., 9 July 2021 One of those artists, Doja Cat, also lands another new top 40 smash, making this perhaps her best frame yet in the country. Hugh Mcintyre, Forbes, 6 July 2021 Buck suggested heightening the bit halfway through: An audience walk-on and a guitar song (and subsequent smash) would pump the energy up enough to close on. John Roy, Vulture, 29 June 2021 In the Heights, which was also recently adapted into a musical movie smash. Caroline Rogers, Southern Living, 24 June 2021 Hiltz and Simpson were both involved in a smash-up just after the starting gun on a sweltering day at Hayward Field. Eddie Pells, ajc, 22 June 2021 The coder and her new husband join an exclusive tech incubator called Utopia, and the app becomes a smash hit. Rachel King, Fortune, 1 July 2021 During the 1980s, Gingrich brought his smash-mouth style to the floor of the House, urging colleagues to ignore the conventions of bipartisanship and civility in pursuit of partisan power. Julian Zelizer, CNN, 27 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Jeep run a red light at Roosevelt and Kostner and smash into a car driven by Adams. Jeremy Gorner,, 16 July 2021 Iguarán’s death at the age of 120 is accompanied by disoriented birds that smash into walls and fall dead. Washington Post, 16 July 2021 Though each judge typically gets one chance to smash the coveted buzzer and send an act straight to the live shows, 9-year-old singer Victory Brinker delivered a performance during Tuesday's episode that warranted a rule change. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 7 July 2021 Waves ranging from 600 feet to perhaps as tall as a 1,000 feet smash into what is now Mexico and the southern United States and flood tens of miles inland. Cody Cassidy, Wired, 9 Apr. 2021 Add the cheese, smash to combine, then drizzle in the rest of the oil slowly while continuing to pound and mix the sauce. Layla Schlack, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 June 2021 After a drug deal attracts the attention of police, the two flee across Miami, pursued by a whole bunch of cops who are swiftly eluded and often smash into other like in a Blues Brothers movie. Nick Allen, Vulture, 28 June 2021 For Portland to hit its hottest temperature ever recorded at 108°, and then to smash that number tomorrow at a forecast of 112° is truly astonishing. oregonlive, 27 June 2021 Its success comes on the heels of the box office smash A Quiet Place II, a sci-fi horror thriller that rang up $226 million in global ticket sales. Kira Grant, Forbes, 25 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Now, it is poised to become the U.S. partner for TikTok, the smash Chinese social-media app that has become a staple on the smartphones of millions of American teenagers. Georgia Wells, WSJ, 15 Sep. 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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19 Jul 2021

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“Smash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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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