smid·​gen ˈsmi-jən How to pronounce smidgen (audio)
variants or less commonly smidgeon or smidgin or smidge
: 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 personal savings rate stood at 3.8% in January, according to federal data, meaning that consumers set aside only a smidgen of their income as savings. Daniel De Visé, USA TODAY, 10 Mar. 2024 Grayson Allen's game-high 29 points and tying the Suns' franchise record nine 3s — again — gave their Footprint Center crowd smidgens of hope as the team fell into deeper holes during the game. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 17 Jan. 2024 Perhaps a smidgen cooler than recent days but still rather warm for the time of year. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2023 There’s a smidgen of that when being confronted by skeptics. Suzy Exposito, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2023 Not For Traditional Truckers Americans buy 2 million pickups a year for an average of $59,000 apiece, but, so far, only a smidgen are all-electric. Carlton Reid, WIRED, 1 Dec. 2023 And despite President Trump’s tariffs, the U.S. trade deficit in goods was a smidgen higher during his tenure (averaging 4.2% of GDP) than during President Obama’s last year in office (4%). WSJ, 30 Oct. 2023 Temperatures are down a smidgen, compared with today, or near 70 to the low 70s for highs. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2023 Take a smidgen of hydrogen, then blast it with lasers to set off a small thermonuclear explosion. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, 13 Nov. 2023

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Word History


probably alteration of English dialect smitch soiling mark

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of smidgen was in 1845

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“Smidgen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


variants also smidgeon or smidgin
or smidge
: a small amount : bit
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