\ 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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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 Furious 7 was a massive domestic smash (to say nothing of its worldwide success) partially due to Paul Walker's death. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, "How 9/11 Made ‘The Avengers’ The Ultimate Breakout Sequel," 4 May 2021 The first Peter Rabbit was a global box office smash. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway," 27 Apr. 2021 Bridget Jones became a box office smash and then a franchise. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "Bridget Jones’s Diary Is Perfect, Just the Way It Is, 20 Years Later," 16 Apr. 2021 Count Basie and Billie Holiday were a smash, newspapers reported at the time. Jacques Kelly,, "Billie Holiday biopic debuting Friday chronicles struggles of jazz legend who was raised in Baltimore," 25 Feb. 2021 Sinatra sang the song in the film; his version of the tender ballad became a smash. Paul Grein, Billboard, "These Songs All Won Oscars, But the Movies They Came From Received No Other Nods," 29 Jan. 2021 The movie was a box-office smash, grossing nearly $95 million worldwide on a budget of $35 million, opening at number one at the U.S. box office on Super Bowl weekend. Anne Cohen,, "The Wedding Planner Was An Average Rom-Com — J.Lo Made It Great.," 2 Nov. 2020 The sculptures were a smash hit at their unveiling and sparked the dinomania that’s been with us ever since. National Geographic, "DINOSAURS," 15 Sep. 2020 The author, who had a smash hit with her contemporary Jane Eyre re-telling The Wife Upstairs earlier this year, has a flair for the atmospheric thrills of the genre (her degree in Victorian literature doesn't hurt). Maureen Lee Lenker,, "The Wife Upstairs author Rachel Hawkins calls her next thriller 'Below Deck with murder'," 21 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Prosecutors may also use the Instagram account to show that the location of Rivers coincides with the locations of the smash-and-grab robberies. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "How Instagram helped FBI bust smash-and-grab diamond thieves in Detroit," 29 Apr. 2021 Rather than smash through the intersection at 107 mph, the Waymo van in the simulation traveled the speed limit and stopped at the red light, allowing the other vehicle to safely continue. Ryan Randazzo, The Arizona Republic, "Waymo says autonomous cars could have prevented most fatal Chandler crashes in 10-year period," 9 Mar. 2021 Tsunamis wrap up the eastern seaboard, smash into the eastern coast of the United States, and, six hours after impact, crest as 600-foot-high walls of water in Europe, Africa, and the Mediterranean coasts. Cody Cassidy, Wired, "How to Survive a Killer Asteroid," 9 Apr. 2021 Drunk guys smash their motorcycles and slide down past my car window. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "The Secret Life of Sharon Stone," 28 Mar. 2021 The shatterproof and waterproof plastic bulbs won’t break or smash easily if dropped, stepped on or are placed in an outdoor environment. Maren Estrada, BGR, "These 10 hidden Amazon deals are for Prime subscribers only," 24 Mar. 2021 That month, the country would see states smash daily case records. NBC News, "'It was hell': How Covid-19 surges played out season by season," 11 Mar. 2021 Now the Pentagon wants a similar system that can smash masses of Russian tanks and Chinese ships in the early hours of a major attack, buying time for the United States and NATO to mobilize. David Axe, Forbes, "Pentagon Scientists Mull A Big Problem—How To Destroy A Whole Lot Of Chinese Ships And Russian Tanks, And Fast," 9 Mar. 2021 Henry’s also on pace for 437 rushes, which would smash the record Larry Johnson set with 416 carries in 2006. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Packers' Aaron Rodger, Vikings Kirk Cousins starting NFL season off in different directions," 4 Oct. 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, "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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8 May 2021

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“Smash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 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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