\ 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


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 surface of the asteroid is pockmarked with craters believed to have been caused by a large smash the rock took in its formative years. Fox News, "'Monster' asteroid 4 times than the UK is so close to Earth you can see it - and here's how," 27 June 2018 Add in 150 of the most inspired, cerebral garments from the top designers of the 20th Century and a box-office smash is almost guaranteed. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "'Heavenly Bodies' is the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s largest, most ambitious exhibit to date," 9 May 2018 Whiskey Smash When Las Vegas heats up after winter, The Dorsey's lead bartender, Juyoung Kang, throws bourbon in a whiskey smash. Natalie B. Compton, GQ, "The Best Ways to Drink More Bourbon This Spring," 17 Apr. 2018 And if God forbid something happens, at least these songs are a smash. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "OMFG Someone Just Leaked a TON of Unreleased Ariana Grande Music," 6 Nov. 2018 Roughly 25 smash-and-grab incidents have been reported to the Burbank Police Department in the past three weeks, according to Sgt. Andy Nguyen,, "Morning commuters grabbing coffee target of vehicle break-ins, Burbank police say," 28 June 2018 The smash-up ripped a large 10-meter gash in the ship’s hull and the vessel rapidly took on seawater. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Salvagers Raise a Sunken Norwegian Frigate," 5 Mar. 2019 As for the game Monday, the A’s bashed four homers, including Matt Chapman’s two-run smash to dead center to break a 3-3 tie in the top of the seventh inning. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "It’s a celebration at Safeco Field, but visiting A’s enjoy all the fun of making playoffs," 24 Sep. 2018 Microsoft seems eager to repeat the success of games that can be played on multiple platforms, including the smash hit, Fortnite, as well as PUBG and Microsoft’s own success story, Minecraft. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft ports Xbox Live to Android, iOS to extend the reach of Xbox," 14 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Avengers: Endgame has officially smashed pretty much every box office record imaginable. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, ""Avengers: Endgame" Made $1.2 Billion Worldwide at the Box Office Opening Weekend," 28 Apr. 2019 That easily smashed market expectations for a net jobs increase of 5,000, according to economists at Royal Bank of Canada. Paul Vieira, WSJ, "Canada Labor Market Sizzles on Record Private-Sector Hiring," 8 Feb. 2019 Turn chicken over, add smashed garlic to skillet, and cook 1 minute more. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Roasted Chicken and Garlic Potatoes with Red Pepper Relish," 19 Dec. 2018 The album also smashes the record for the biggest single-week streaming total by any title, thanks to 745.9 million on-demand audio streams for its songs in the week ending July 5. Trevor Anderson, Billboard, "Drake Ties The Game For Most No. 1s on Top Rap Albums Chart," 13 July 2018 The Pontiac Grand Am, with its front end smashed in, was left on the north side of the tracks, just east of Rutledge Street. Robert Blaszkiewicz,, "Police searching for driver of car hit by commuter train in Gary," 30 June 2018 Oklahoma’s primary election on Tuesday smashed turnout records and followed a tumultuous year in which tens of thousands of teachers frustrated with low pay and funding for schools walked off the job . Washington Post, "Oklahoma teacher candidates pass first political test," 27 June 2018 Driving to the dentist, Hughes had smashed head-on into another car. Karina Longworth, Town & Country, "Howard Hughes's Affair with Actress Ginger Rogers Was Far From a Storybook Romance," 13 Nov. 2018 Serbia’s keeper Stojkovic smashes Neymar’s chip into the ground. Rory Smith, New York Times, "All Eyes Are on Neymar, but It’s Coutinho Who Is Leading Brazil," 28 June 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 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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