\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

In 1961, Simon then made his Broadway debut with the smash hit Come Blow Your Horn, a semiautobiographical play that was turned into a film starring Frank Sinatra two years later. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Pulitzer Prize–Winning Playwright Neil Simon Dies at 91," 26 Aug. 2018 Again, his Furious 7 smash with Wiz Khalifa that spent 12 non-consecutive weeks atop the Hot 100 in summer 2015, tying Eminem's Lose Yourself for the longest-running No. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Charlie Puth wants people to hear 'the real me' on new album 'Voicenotes'," 10 May 2018 Gardner was deprived of another extra-base hit when Red Sox first baseman Mitch Moreland made a diving stop of his smash down the line in the fourth inning. New York Times, "Brett Gardner Finally Joins the Party as the Yankees Surge Into First Place," 9 May 2018 Ladies, thank you very much, and hopefully, the Chit Chat Tour is a smash hit. Fox News, "Ann Coulter on the status of Trump's immigration agenda," 20 May 2018 At lunch, the sandwich roster will include a steak and egg, a meatball Parm and a salt-and-pepper squid, as well as a smash burger and a pair of vegetarian options. Heidi Williams,, "We tried 'Dragon's Breath,' the new treat that lets you breathe smoke, sort of (video)," 6 June 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The latter seems designed specifically for co-op play, requiring someone to run in the path of a trap, then grab and immediately throw the idol before it's squished by a massive, level-smashing barricade. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The 16 surprising new games that made PAX West an absolute blast," 9 Sep. 2018 The repair estimate for her smashed bumper and lights was nearly $1,000, a cost in the range of what many drivers have had to bear. Kevin Spear,, "I-4 construction nightmares: Drivers seeking payment for car damage face daunting odds," 13 July 2018 Referencing the first Apple commercial from 1984, Grande seductively holds the weapon before throwing it up at the high cathedral ceilings, smashing the glass above. Connor Whittum, Billboard, "Ariana Grande's Epic 'God Is a Woman' Video, Decoded," 13 July 2018 Scientists know, for example, that rocks smashed together in a stream can acquire sharp edges. Time, "A Discovery in China Suggests That Human-Like Species Left Africa 250,000 Years Earlier Than Believed," 13 July 2018 And then, after 110 fraught minutes, England switched off for a single second and Mandzukic, that grizzled old warrior, stole in and smashed home the winner. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Croatia Digs Deeper, Burying England’s World Cup Dreams," 12 July 2018 Scientists know, for example, that rocks smashed together in a stream can acquire sharp edges. Emiliano Rodriguez Mega,, "Stone tools excavated in China suggest human relatives left Africa earlier," 11 July 2018 In the finale of season 2, Deja was seen smashing Randall's car while the rest of the family was enjoying Kate and Toby's wedding day. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Star Sterling K. Brown Just Shared Major Spoilers From Season 3," 11 July 2018 In the security camera video, the hooded and masked man can be seen approaching a BMW sitting in stopped traffic and firing three shots at point blank range through the driver’s side window, which was half-opened and smashed by a bullet. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Police searching for gunman who shot at driver 3 times while she sat in traffic," 10 July 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


\ˈsmash \

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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