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 There’s a smidgen of solace in that: in the facade, the lie, the wishful thinking, the distraction, the delusion, the hope. Washington Post, "Christmas tree, turkey pardon: The Trumps thankfully showed up," 24 Nov. 2020 Now, Delaware will become the smallest state, in land mass and population, a smidgen shy of a million, to send a citizen to the White House. Washington Post, "Delaware is famous for corporations, chemicals, chickens — and now, finally, a president," 16 Nov. 2020 Aside from the triggers, the DualSense features haptics that are a smidgen better than the HD rumble coming from Nintendo’s Joy-Con. Gieson Cacho,, "PlayStation 5 vs. Xbox Series X: Which system is better?," 9 Nov. 2020 Li placed the smidgen of ice into a cryo-electron microscope. Carl Zimmer New York Times, Star Tribune, "The coronavirus unveiled: Scientists are deciphering the virus' genome with ever-detailed analysis," 15 Oct. 2020 The Heat, who haven’t lost in the playoffs, were able to execute their game plan just a smidgen better. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Jimmy Butler scores playoff career-high 40 points as Heat lights up Bucks in Game 1," 1 Sep. 2020 The dish is basically a quick-cooking skillet of beans, broccoli, zucchini and cherry tomatoes, amped up with lots of garlic and bound in a cheeseless pesto sauce and a smidgen of yogurt. Washington Post, "Garlicky Broccoli and Beans With Pesto," 2 Aug. 2020 Also a smidgen piney in the nose with grapefruit in aroma and on the palate. Marc Bona, cleveland, "13 beers to try in July (photos)," 5 July 2020 The planet betrayed its presence by crossing the face of its star and briefly blotting out a smidgen of starlight. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "Bizarre new planet is largest known rocky world, 40 times as massive as Earth," 1 July 2020

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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 Jan 2021

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“Smidgen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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informal : a small amount

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