\ 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 Working on the big-screen adaptation of the Broadway smash from Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes was a surreal experience for Grace, who related to her character in surprising ways. Rosy Cordero,, 8 June 2021 So flavors include orange smash, Pina Colada, lemon, banana and blueberry. Elizabeth Montgomery, The Arizona Republic, 30 May 2021 Next week, the hip-hop powerhouse will surely land at least one more smash, if never several inside the area. Hugh Mcintyre, Forbes, 22 May 2021 Law-enforcement officials believe the shift from vehicle smash-and-grabs to commercial and home burglaries is not coincidental. Shwanika Narayan, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Feb. 2021 After 17 years and $800 million in funding, the crux of OSIRIS-REx’s smash-and-grab mission was over in 15 seconds. Chris Wright, Wired, 16 Dec. 2020 The audacious smash-and-grab raid shocked officials, and though ransom photos of the work later surfaced, the painting itself—a muted landscape dominated by grays and browns—has not yet been recovered. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Nov. 2020 The speech encapsulated Greene's embrace of Trump's smash mouth politics and use of derogatory nicknames. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 28 May 2021 Andrews’ smash went over the left-field fence, and she wasn’t seriously challenged again, drawing two walks. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, 27 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Nationally, the virus has continued to smash records, averaging 111,175 cases per day over the past week. Shawn Hubler, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2020 Nationally, the virus has continued to smash records, averaging 111,175 cases per day over the past week. Shawn Hubler, Star Tribune, 9 Nov. 2020 Voters in Florida, determined to make their voices heard in the presidential election, continued to smash voting records over the weekend. Aric Chokey,, 2 Nov. 2020 The 2020 Presidential election is likely to smash records. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, 1 Nov. 2020 Early voting continued to smash records at the end of the final week before Election Day. Harold Maass, TheWeek, 30 Oct. 2020 Rey Mashayekhi why betting on the U.S. elections is poised to smash records this year. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 22 Oct. 2020 The National Hurricane Center – for only the second time ever – has resorted to using the Greek alphabet this hurricane season after running out of traditional names in a year that continues to smash records. Sarah Lynch Baldwin, CBS News, 18 Sep. 2020 California wildfire season continues to smash records: Five of the 20 largest fires in modern state history are now burning across the state, Cal Fire said Friday. Chronicle Staff,, 15 Sep. 2020 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, 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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13 Jun 2021

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“Smash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 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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