smid·​gen | \ˈsmi-jən \
variants: or less commonly smidgeon or smidgin or smidge \ ˈsmij \

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

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Ostapenko won the French Open last year by swinging for the lines without a smidgen of self doubt. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "A Calm Serena Williams Claims Her Spot in the Wimbledon Semifinals," 10 July 2018 Some experts warn that under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egypt is sliding from authoritarian rule into a totalitarian system where even a smidgen of dissent is intolerable. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Even With Mo Salah in the World Cup, Egypt Can’t Seem to Catch a Break," 23 June 2018 Now, immigration ranks second only to pro-Trump spots in GOP campaigns across the country — and just by a smidgen. Eliza Collins, USA TODAY, "Exclusive: Immigration dominating GOP candidates' TV ads in House contests across the country," 29 May 2018 The theater would provide information about the cast, crew, board of directors and a smidgen of editorial content. David Lyman,, "The future is now: In the theater, your phone is your program," 14 June 2018 Anyone with a smidgen of knowledge about healthcare understood that the right-to-try legislation signed by President Trump on Wednesday was a scam, perpetrated by the Koch brothers and their henchmen. Michael Hiltzik,, "GOP senator reveals the truth: Right-to-try bill was a scam tailored to harm public health," 4 June 2018 That is a number low enough that it might be explained by the chemical breakdown of the smidgens of organic matter which fall to the surface of Mars in the form of meteoritic dust. The Economist, "Seasonal changes in Mars’s air are probably not signs of life. Probably," 7 June 2018 Does your coffee taste richer, the air smell a little sweeter, the sunlight shine a smidgen brighter—and is your inbox much, much fuller? Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Cyber Saturday—We've Updated Our Privacy Polic—Kidding!," 26 May 2018 At the time his physician first prescribed the drug, his reading was 78 percent, just a smidgen below the 80 percent cutoff. Ed Silverman, STAT, "ALS patients losing time and hope as they wait for insurers to cover a pricey new drug," 21 May 2018

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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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: a small amount

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obstinately defiant of authority

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