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

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 Yamhill, Washington and Clark counties caught the brunt of the wintry weather, and Northwest Portland and rural Clackamas County got a smidgen of snow. oregonlive, 14 Dec. 2021 That’s just a smidgen more than the 2019 average of 72.3, which was the worst average in franchise history. Omar Kelly,, 8 Nov. 2021 Few have a smidgen of the basic gear necessary for a successful one-hour hike. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Dec. 2021 Even a comparative smidgen of methane can despoil the climate. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 28 Oct. 2021 Highs in the low 70s are just a smidgen below normal but the bright sun helped offset any of that. Washington Post, 1 Oct. 2021 Wolf, a smidgen over 5 feet tall, was dwarfed by the burly man. The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Oct. 2021 Their Family Harvest, aged in French oak, includes aromas of honey, eucalyptus, lemon drops and butter, while flavors include those of orange segments, slight salinity and a smidgen of cardamon. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 24 Oct. 2021 The Russians, after all, spent $50 billion readying Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics, a vanity project that will never return a smidgen of the investment. Dan Chapman, ajc, 26 July 2016

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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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21 Jan 2022

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“Smidgen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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: a small amount


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