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 Not as sweet as a slap shot from the point, but a smooth ale and a smidgen hoppier than a typical amber. Marc Bona, cleveland, "10 beers to try in April (photos)," 12 Apr. 2020 Spain’s benchmark bond yields a smidgen above 0.2%, Portugal’s is a tad below 0.3%. Washington Post, "The Bond Market Goes Through the $14.5 Trillion Looking Glass," 6 Aug. 2019 One intriguing possibility is that previous exposure to other coronaviruses offers a smidgen of protection. Christie Aschwanden, Wired, "Sorry, Immunity to Covid-19 Won't Be Like a Superpower," 16 Apr. 2020 Even with a smidgen of button-tap lag and a hit to bandwidth caps, the results could be easier to stomach than the sticker price of a new piece of hardware. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Cyberpunk 2077 confirmed for GeForce Now, will have ray tracing via the cloud," 19 Feb. 2020 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

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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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26 May 2020

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“Smidgen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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informal : a small amount

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