\ 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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Other Words from smash


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 Garden of Words was his precursor to those smash hits, using gorgeous images of lush nature as the stage for its two leads’ melancholic emotions. Eric Vilas-boas, Vulture, "The 50 Best Anime Series on Netflix Right Now," 5 Apr. 2021 As noted 17 days ago, the first Peter Rabbit was an under-the-radar smash hit, grossing $110 million domestic from a $25 million debut and a $351 million worldwide on a $50 million budget. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, "Box Office: ‘Peter Rabbit 2’ To Replace ‘Minions 2’ Over Independence Day Weekend," 20 Mar. 2021 New Horizons became an instant smash hit for Nintendo, becoming the best selling Switch exclusive game ever. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Nintendo Adds Prom Themed Items to "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" for a Limited Time," 17 Mar. 2021 The resulting New Orleans porch pop-up was, well, a smash, drawing socially distanced lines and a brass band to keep them moving. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Smash burgers are everywhere now; 2 new Portland carts make 2 of our favorites: Takeout Diaries," 16 Mar. 2021 On Monday, the Weeknd's smash-hit became the first song to spend a full year on the Billboard Hot 100's Top 10, Variety is reporting. Sara Netzley,, "The Weeknd shatters a Billboard Top 10 record," 9 Mar. 2021 The 2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI has the same amazing driving attributes that make the Golf GTI a smash hit. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Best New Sedans of 2021," 19 Feb. 2021 Frank Proffitt’s 1940 recording and The Kingston Trio’s smash 1958 version were both inducted in 2008. Paul Grein, Billboard, "These 6 Songs Each Have 2 Versions in the National Recording Registry," 29 Mar. 2021 The burger is a 5-ounce smash burger topped with three cheese mac, bacon and melted cheese. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's Anchor Bar to reopen with a revamped menu, plans for Tigers' opening day," 22 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Two hours later, the snake fight continued when Jones posted a video of herself in a floppy sunhat in what appears to be her backyard, a croquet mallet above her head, getting ready to smash something in the grass. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, "January Jones Is Just Out Here Bludgeoning Rattlesnakes," 10 Apr. 2021 Dean walked into the boy’s home and started to smash items in the living room, the police report says. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, "Elyria man accused of repeatedly ramming car into home after smashing up living room," 2 Apr. 2021 Ireland failed to deal with a high ball and Rodrigues pounced to smash a dipping shot past 19-year-old goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu from 25 yards on Bazunu's international debut. James Ellingworth, ajc, "Portugal, Belgium held in WCup qualifying, Ireland shocked," 27 Mar. 2021 This is a spot where local knowledge is a must, however—knowing when the water is too fast for safety is critical, as is knowing where there are boulders just under the surface waiting to smash a lower unit. Frank Sargeant, al, "Alabama Friday fishing report," 12 Feb. 2021 Because who doesn't want to smash a giant heart on the day you're meant to celebrate true love? Ana Suarez, Chron, "The best Valentine's Day gifts to order online," 5 Feb. 2021 Perhaps that’s just the allure of watching two mountainous beasts smash into each other on the big screen. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "“Godzilla vs. Kong” proves the world wants to go back to the movies," 29 Mar. 2021 One member, Dominic Pezzola, was filmed using a police shield to smash through a window and encouraging others to climb into the building. Marissa J. Lang, Anchorage Daily News, "As fractures emerge among Proud Boys, experts warn of a shift toward extremist violence," 26 Feb. 2021 One member, Dominic Pezzola, was filmed using a police shield to smash through a window and encouraging others to climb into the building. Washington Post, "As fractures emerge among Proud Boys, experts warn of a shift toward extremist violence," 26 Feb. 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, "How Dark Horse Oracle Became TikTok’s Leading Suitor," 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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14 Apr 2021

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“Smash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 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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