\ 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 original film was released in 2002 and became a smash hit at the box office Could there be a sequel to the beloved 2002 romantic comedy Sweet Home Alabama? Alexia Fernandez,, "Sweet Home Alabama 2: Is the Sequel Happening? Here's What's Been Said," 2 Aug. 2019 For instance, Santa Clara, a city of about 130,000, saw a nearly 90 percent spike in smash and grabs from 2016 to 2017, from 947 to 1,791, and in 2018, that number ticked up slightly again for a total of 1,826. Joseph Geha, The Mercury News, "Bay Area police to get nearly $4 million of state surplus to combat car break-ins," 26 July 2019 The film was an unexpected smash in China, going on to earn $856 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Comic artist Todd McFarlane prepares to make history with Spawn No. 301," 18 July 2019 The show is no stranger to controversy in the U.K., where Love Island is a huge smash. James Hibberd,, "CBS viewers react to Love Island premiere: 'I hate how much I like this show'," 10 July 2019 In My House’ The biggest hit from these protégées of the superfreaky funkateer Rick James was a Top 10 pop smash. New York Times, "‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Is a Portal to 1985. Here’s What It Sounded Like.," 9 July 2019 The World Cup has been a smash hit in terms of television ratings. Matt Bonesteel, The Denver Post, "Want a ticket to the U.S.-France World Cup quarterfinal? It won’t come cheap.," 25 June 2019 At this month’s annual CMA Fest, the 20-year-old rapper and singer from Atlanta performed his viral smash with help from Keith Urban, the Country Music Association’s reigning entertainer of the year. Mikael Wood, The Mercury News, "Lil Nas X’s debut EP reveals a star," 28 June 2019 The fiery smash-and-grab occurred Sunday (June 9) on South Carrollton Avenue. Jennifer Larino,, "NOPD looking for man accused of trying rob, kill 2 people in the 7th Ward," 11 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Visitors to a water park in Northern China who were in the wave pool were suddenly smashed by the giant wave. Ben Kesslen, NBC News, "Watch: Wave pool in China malfunctions, triggering tsunami-sized wall of water that injures dozens," 1 Aug. 2019 An ambulance in front of the dump truck is smashed up against the back of a fire engine, which is resting against the right guardrail. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Dump truck strikes two state troopers and multiple pedestrians in New Jersey," 30 July 2019 The next day, Gallo joined the line at In & Out Glass in East Oakland with four other customers whose windows had been smashed. Phil Matier,, "Oakland city councilman’s SUV broken into — for the fifth time," 28 July 2019 The heat records are not just being broken all over the place... they are being smashed. Umair Irfan, Vox, "108 degrees in Paris: Europe is shattering heat records this week," 26 July 2019 Across France this week, and also in Britain, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, heat records were smashed, leaving millions of Europeans searching for solutions to endure temperatures soaring above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Elian Peltier, New York Times, "As Extreme Heat Becomes New Normal in Europe, Governments Scramble to Respond," 26 July 2019 The truck’s driver’s-side window had been smashed and a hole drilled below the rear door lock. Bob Sandrick,, "Drunk, disorderly man waits for Donald Trump to bail him out: Brook Park Police Blotter," 26 July 2019 Glasses being smashed, screaming, and a lot of arguing. Natalie Gil,, "New U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson Has A Long History Of Trump-like Behavior," 25 July 2019 His main tasks were to find the best and rarest guitars for Townshend, get them on site for gigs, tune them onstage as Townshend switched between them, and patch them up after they were smashed. Phil Davison,, "Alan Rogan, keeper of rock guitars, smashed ones included," 18 July 2019

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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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