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

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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 Adding a whole day every four years is actually a smidgen too much. Washington Post, "Ever wondered why the calendar is so weird?," 17 Jan. 2021 This leaves Democrats torn between seating Hart and adding a smidgen of breathing room to their precipitous 219-211 majority — with five vacancies -- or rejecting her claim and avoiding accusations of a hypocritical power play. Alan Fram And Ryan J. Foley,, "Capitol riot clouds Democrats’ look at contested Iowa race," 24 Mar. 2021 Estavi shelled out millions, in other words, for a smidgen of real estate on a worldwide software database called Ethereum that declares him, as acknowledged by Dorsey, to be the possessor of said tweet. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Can selling tweets help create the next Discord?," 24 Mar. 2021 Offering full exemption for business loans but only a smidgen for unemployment benefits is fundamentally unfair. Editorial Board, Star Tribune, "How to best aid workers, employers in Minnesota," 16 Mar. 2021 The almond butter coating is slightly salty and tastes like white chocolate with a smidgen of almond butter mixed in. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "Trader Joe’s Fried Ravioli Is All I Want From Frozen Food," 26 Feb. 2021 The cost to send an ever-so-small smidgen of cremains to the moon — about one 30,000th of an ounce — is $399. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Spit in space: S.F. company offers to 'send a piece of you to the moon'," 19 Feb. 2021 Subtle orange peel comes through in this clean-tasting ale with healthy carbonation and a smidgen of lemon in the background. Marc Bona, cleveland, "11 beers from 11 states for February, from Mardi Gras Bock to big Stouts," 7 Feb. 2021 Fall sparked a smidgen of hope with a handful of outside concerts in parking lots and parks. Melissa Ruggieri, ajc, "Grant program helps independent venues affected by pandemic," 3 Feb. 2021

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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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9 May 2021

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“Smidgen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of smidgen

informal : a small amount

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