smid·​gen ˈsmi-jən How to pronounce smidgen (audio)
variants or less commonly smidgeon or smidgin or smidge
: a small amount : bit
a smidgen of salt
a smidgen of common sense

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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Word History


probably alteration of English dialect smitch soiling mark

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of smidgen was in 1845

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Cite this Entry

“Smidgen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


variants also smidgeon or smidgin
or smidge
: a small amount : bit
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