\ 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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Other Words from smash


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

Grande, Nicki Minaj, and Jessie J, who all collaborated on the smash, had decided to hire a female director, and Minaj (who'd worked with Davis before) knew Davis was the exact woman for the job. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Ariana Grande's 'Thank U, Next' Director Was as Surprised as You Were about Her Unexpected Note to Pete Davidson," 1 Dec. 2018 The Eva Solo foregoes the traditional punch shape, which doesn’t provide enough torque to truly obliterate a clove of garlic, to create 180 degrees of smash. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Eva Solo Is the Only Garlic Press You'll Ever Need," 7 Nov. 2018 The singer and Broadway alumnus will be starring in a special NBC concert production of Wicked, the Broadway smash that revolves around two unlikely witch friends from the land of Oz. Devon Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Set to Star in NBC's 15th-Anniversary Concert Special of "Wicked"," 27 Sep. 2018 Shocking pictures show just how close the pole came to hitting the motorist following the horror smash last Tuesday. Mark Cardwell - Swns, Fox News, "Rod impales car windshield in crash, misses driver's head by inches," 19 July 2018 On the final day of Denmark's Roskilde Festival on Saturday (July 7), the thousands-strong crowd lost their minds to the chorus of the smash, which served as Dua Lipa's international breakthrough in 2017. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Dua Lipa Celebrates One Year of Her 'Powerful' Smash Single 'New Rules'," 7 July 2018 In the House; 1998 brought a role in Halloween H20 and 1999, Deep Blue Sea and Oliver Stone’s smash hit Any Given Sunday. Vogue, "Lady Gaga Isn’t the Only Singer to Make the Leap to the Big Screen: 15 Other Actors Who Were Musicians First," 10 Sep. 2018 And acid wash your hard drive with the Bleach Bit, and eliminate the evidence and then have an aide smash up your devices with hammers and get away with it. Fox News, "McCarthy: Mueller is pursuing obstruction case against Trump," 21 Aug. 2018 All the new science about impacts and concussions has dampened the appetite for smash-mouth tough talk. Jason Gay, WSJ, "The XFL Goes PG," 6 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Along with the warning on coaching, Williams was docked for smashing her racket in frustration that led to a point loss. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Serena Williams insists she did not receive coaching in interview addressing US Open final," 16 Sep. 2018 Understandably angry that her character and integrity had been called into question, Williams received a point penalty for smashing her racket. Candice Benbow, Glamour, "At the U.S. Open, Serena Williams Demanded the Apology All Black Women Deserve," 10 Sep. 2018 England extended its own record in one-day international cricket by 37 runs after smashing the highest-ever total of 481-6 against Australia in the third ODI at Nottingham, England., "Bucks guard Sterling Brown sues city of Milwaukee," 19 June 2018 Two batters later, Alyssa Hernandez traded places with her by smashing a double down the right field line for an RBI. Nathan Cambridge,, "Crescenta Valley softball continues drive to title with shutout of Burbank," 2 May 2018 Bagley then broke into the apartment by smashing out the back glass door, while the woman escaped the apartment with a neighbor's help, Pfohl said. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "New details emerge in Phoenix home invasion murder, arson," 2 Apr. 2018 The key thing is that fascist politics is about identifying enemies, appealing to the in-group (usually the majority group), and smashing truth and replacing it with power. Sean Illing, Vox, "A Yale philosopher on fascism, truth, and Donald Trump.," 15 Dec. 2018 Insomnia Insomnia can smash into every aspect of your sleep like a wrecking ball. Korin Miller, SELF, "13 Surprising Medical Conditions That Can Cause Weight Gain or Loss (and When to Go to the Doctor)," 12 Nov. 2018 More than 100 people were arrested in Paris following violent May Day protests that saw at least six cars torched, a McDonald’s restaurant smashed up and widespread vandalism. Fox News, "Violent Paris May Day protests leaves cars torched, McDonald's smashed; more than 100 arrested," 2 Oct. 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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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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