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 This was just one example of my son’s inability to exert even a smidgen of self-control. Jamie Sumner, Washington Post, "My son struggles with self-control. Here’s how I’m helping him find his way.," 22 July 2019 Grier was joking, but there’s a smidgen of truth in there. Omar Kelly,, "Kelly: Dolphins must scare off every other tanking team trying to land Tua | Commentary," 24 Sep. 2019 This is not the apocalyptic dustbowl landscape of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, and only a smidgen of time is spent on our planet before Roy blasts off. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Ad Astra Is a Deeply Human Tale Set Amid the Stars," 18 Sep. 2019 Giolito’s finale is a smidgen more ambiguous than some readers will want, but maybe this means Sophia Weber will be back again — a very good thing. Richard Lipez, Washington Post, "Looking for a summer thriller? Here are 9 picks for your beach bag.," 20 June 2019 Ken Peppercorn, now 97, told The Observer newspaper in London, reflecting the stoicism of his generation in his account of wading ashore under fire and scrambling to find a smidgen of cover in a crater hewed from the dunes by shellfire. Alan Cowell, New York Times, "D-Day in Photos: Heroes of a More Certain Time," 6 June 2019 Republican Pat McCrory won the governorship in 2012 by 11.5 points but lost by a smidgen four years later. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "North Carolina’s Gerrymander Coup," 30 Aug. 2018 While knee-length skirts look a smidgen too modest with flats, above-the-knee hemlines are charmingly cheeky. Chloe Malle, WSJ, "Why Smart, Chic Women Are Abandoning High Heels (Forever)," 8 Nov. 2018 Newsom, California’s two-term lieutenant governor, still remains solidly ahead in the race, but Cox managed to pick up more support from independents and a smidgen of Democrats since July, the survey showed. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Dems opt to stick it out with Pelosi," 28 Sep. 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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The first known use of smidgen was in 1845

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25 Nov 2019

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“Smidgen.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of smidgen

informal : a small amount

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