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

Definition of smidgen

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

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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 '15 has more concentrated fruit - a smidgen macerated - with butterscotch and slightly stronger nose. cleveland, "13 inexpensive wines to consider sipping in February (photos)," 2 Feb. 2020 Deer Park’s offensive average meanwhile has only declined by a smidgen, securing 316 yards a game, down from 347.0 at the close of last year. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Slowing down C.E. King’s ground game tops on Deer’s to-do list tonight," 18 Oct. 2019 Crunch the two together at today’s market values and Peugeot’s shareholders would own 51% of the combination, giving them a smidgen more of the value creation and the impression of getting the better side of the deal. Chris Hughes | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Fiat and Renault’s Merger Isn’t a Write-Off Yet," 6 June 2019 Step 2: Prep your hair Suave Professionals for Natural Hair Curl Defining Cream by rubbing a smidgen between your palms, and apply to hair for add some moisture and enhance the shine of your curls. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "3 Easy New Year’s Eve Hairstyles For Curly Hair," 27 Dec. 2019 Not that there’s a smidgen of doubt about the reason this production has come into existence. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Renée Fleming brings radiant star power to a flickering ‘Light in the Piazza’," 14 Oct. 2019 Using a quantum computer, researchers at the information-technology giant had carried out in a smidgen over three minutes a calculation that would take Summit, the world’s current-best classical supercomputer, 10,000 years to execute. The Economist, "Proof emerges that a quantum computer can outperform a classical one," 26 Sep. 2019 This was just one example of my son’s inability to exert even a smidgen of self-control. Jamie Sumner, Washington Post, "My son struggles with self-control. Here’s how I’m helping him find his way.," 22 July 2019 Grier was joking, but there’s a smidgen of truth in there. Omar Kelly,, "Kelly: Dolphins must scare off every other tanking team trying to land Tua | Commentary," 24 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of smidgen was in 1845

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18 Feb 2020

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“Smidgen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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informal : a small amount

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