\ ˈsmash \

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

Netflix dropped the second season of teen drama 13 Reasons Why on Friday, May 18, over one year after premiering its smash hit freshman season., "13 Reasons Why," 29 May 2018 Creative partners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty were still years away from producing their smash hit Ragtime, which would prove to be a much less subtle treatise on race than Island’s comparatively complicated fairy tale. Constance Grady, Vox, "Your guide to the 17 most important nominees at this year’s Tonys," 7 June 2018 Two southeast Houston businesses were damaged in smash-and-grabs just blocks apart on Tuesday morning. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Two businesses on Wayside struck within half-hour in attempted smash-and-grabs," 10 July 2018 Naturally, Google's probably smarting from the pain of letting Niantic go before that smash hit landed. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Can Google Really Launch a Viable Videogame Platform?," 7 July 2018 The show became a smash hit, and Locklear stood out. Bethonie Butler,, "Heather Locklear was one of the biggest stars of the '90s — now she's known more for her legal troubles," 26 June 2018 On Washington Street, a caller reported hearing a window smash and saw a black car leaving the scene. Elise Takahama,, "Two men arrested in car vandalism spree in Whitman," 14 July 2018 Then there’s Snoop Dogg, who was arguably the most famous rapper in music following his smash 1993 debut Doggy Style. Stereo Williams, Billboard, "Drake's 2018 Has Been Huge. But Is He the Biggest Rapper Ever?," 13 July 2018 Boos were audible after Khris Davis scorched another, a run-scoring smash through the right side that summoned manager A.J. Hinch from the dugout. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Bizarre ending secures Astros' extra-innings victory over A's," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ten years later it was destroyed by fire — but the Frick has brought the full-scale plaster model of the lost statue over from Italy for this smashing show that reveals how European artists were inspired by American revolutionary ideals. New York Times, "23 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 Hedwig and the Angry Inch San Jose Stage Company presents the Obie-winning musical about Hedwig, a fourth-wall smashing genderqueer East German rock ’n’ roll goddess., "Theater capsule reviews and listings, week of July 8," 5 July 2018 Junior golf title: Lou Baker, 17, a St. Paul's senior from Timonium and Baltimore Country Club, won the 97th Junior Amateur championship of the Maryland State Golf Association with a record-smashing 36-hole total of 135 at the Elkridge Club., "Digest (June 29): Baltimore golf courses hosting match play tournament," 30 June 2018 And that begs a question: if the Trump administration succeeds in smashing existing supply-chains, why assume manufacturing will return to America? The Economist, "Asia is at last waking up to the threat of a trade war," 28 June 2018 With apologies to the Geto Boys and their gangster anthem, the Outlaw Music Festival made a smashing Indiana debut led by national treasure Willie Nelson and rising iconoclast Sturgill Simpson. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "5 reasons Willie Nelson, Sturgill Simpson and friends made Outlaw festival the place to be," 24 June 2018 Hedwig and the Angry Inch San Jose Stage Company presents the Obie-winning musical about Hedwig, a fourth-wall smashing genderqueer East German rock ’n’ roll goddess. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Theater capsule reviews and listings, week of June 17," 14 June 2018 So smash that like button, but don’t hit subscribe. Micah Singleton, The Verge, "YouTube Music finally gets it right," 25 May 2018 Manny Machado keeps smashing dingers for a Baltimore Orioles team that’s already 17 1/2 games behind the first-place Yankees in the AL East. Ted Berg, For The Win, "7 teams that could realistically pull off a trade for Manny Machado," 23 May 2018

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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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Phrases Related to smash

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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


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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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