\ 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


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.


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 original box office smash starring Whitney Houston was first released in 1992, and still boasts the best-selling film soundtrack of all time. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Princess Diana Was Reportedly Set to Star in a 'Bodyguard' Movie Sequel," 4 July 2019 The song became a viral smash and the definitive Song of the Summer that year. Bethonie Butler,, "How Scooter Braun, the mogul embroiled in the Taylor Swift drama, became so powerful," 3 July 2019 The song became a viral smash and the definitive Song of Summer that year. Bethonie Butler, Washington Post, "How Scooter Braun, the mogul embroiled in the Taylor Swift drama, became so powerful," 2 July 2019 Ayden Harrell walked and Proctor followed with a smash through the right side of the infield for a single. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "NASA All-Stars join District 14’s Fab Four, but League City American dealt second straight extra innings defeat to end their season," 28 June 2019 Made with matcha powder and served over ice, this energizing smash also offers the enlivening flavors of basil, pineapple and lime. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "In Praise of the Morning Cocktail," 25 June 2019 Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’s surprise crossover smash continues to be a hit with fans across the globe, and this weekend, the two artists performed a very special rendition of the song with country star Keith Urban. Rachel Desantis,, "Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus Recruit Keith Urban to Perform 'Old Town Road' at CMA Fest," 9 June 2019 But something about the smash-up surprised scientists. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Surprised at How Much of Asteroid They Blew Up," 25 Apr. 2019 Avengers: Endgame was a box office smash earning $2.743 billion at the worldwide box office and $831 million domestically. Alexia Fernandez,, "Avengers: Endgame Will Be Re-Released in Theaters with Unseen Footage of the 3-Hour Movie," 19 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Multiple phones were stolen at 1:47 a.m. July 5 from T-Mobile, 361 S. Route 83, after someone smashed a window and pried a door at the business. Graydon Megan,, "Elmhurst police blotter: 74-year-old charged after driving toward witnesses of theft, confrontation," 8 July 2019 The event, which also marked the 22nd anniversary of the former British colony's return to Chinese rule, grew violent when some of the protesters smashed through glass doors and stormed the legislative offices. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Beijing issues ominous warning after 'atrocities,' but Hong Kong protesters undeterred," 2 July 2019 Add a second layer of smashed cake on top, and serve. Emma Schwartz, Bon Appétit, "How a Prison Cooking Show Connects Residents to Life Outside," 2 July 2019 By the early evening protesters had smashed large glass doors and gained access to an atrium at Legco. The Economist, "Hong Kong protesters storm the legislative council," 30 June 2019 Perhaps 50 or 60 patrons overturned tables and smashed windows and beat the police with heavy purses. Scott W. Stern, Time, "Sex Workers Are an Important Part of the Stonewall Story, But Their Role Has Been Forgotten," 27 June 2019 Theft from auto, Wilson Mills Road: A woman reported June 13 someone had smashed a window on her vehicle at the city park and stolen her purse from inside of it., "Drunk woman’s call for help leads to her own arrest: Highland Heights Police Blotter," 20 June 2019 Phoenix has settled a wrongful-death lawsuit for $200,000 with the family of a 65-year-old man who died after Phoenix police officers chocked, punched, smashed his head and used a stun gun on him in 2014. Uriel J. Garcia, azcentral, "Phoenix to pay $200K to family of man who died during arrest," 6 June 2019 Deputies were told windows of multiple vehicles were smashed and items were stolen. Erika Butler,, "As more people head outside, Sheriff's Office urges them to lock vehicles, remove valuables," 5 June 2019

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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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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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