smid·​gen | \ ˈsmi-jən How to pronounce smidgen (audio) \
variants: or less commonly smidgeon or smidgin or smidge \ ˈsmij How to pronounce smidgen (audio) \

Definition of smidgen

: a small amount : bit a smidgen of salt a smidgen of common sense

Examples of smidgen in a Sentence

I'll just have a smidgen of ice cream. the maid cleaned the house until there wasn't even a smidgen of dust left
Recent Examples on the Web The one smidgen of wit, as opposed to visual overkill, is the sight of a storm in an actual teacup, complete with raging waves. The New Yorker, 6 May 2022 While there’s always a smidgen of truth to tropes, these are all clichés. Andy Kessler, WSJ, 24 Apr. 2022 The preponderance of video explainers stemming from mainstream sources like corporate TV lends YouTube a smidgen of the kind of fact-checking that the site could desperately use. Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2022 The new translations are stirring a smidgen of optimism among Yiddish scholars and experts for a language whose extinction has long been fretted over but has never come to pass. New York Times, 6 Feb. 2022 This wine is almost entirely Sangiovese, with just a smidgen of Merlot. Marc Bona, cleveland, 12 Dec. 2021 With inflation already a smidgen below 7 percent, and numbers for a big month of December on the horizon, that inflation bet is looking about as safe as the gold in Fort Knox. Kevin A. Hassett, National Review, 21 Dec. 2021 The discrete set of software features companies like Apple and Google include in iOS and Android, respectively, represents only a smidgen of what accessibility means conceptually. Steven Aquino, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 One smidgen of weirdness remains: why kids under 2 beat out their slightly older peers, as Pfizer reported in December. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 21 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of smidgen

1845, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for smidgen

probably alteration of English dialect smitch soiling mark

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21 May 2022

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“Smidgen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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