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 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 Not that there’s a smidgen of doubt about the reason this production has come into existence. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Renée Fleming brings radiant star power to a flickering ‘Light in the Piazza’," 14 Oct. 2019 Using a quantum computer, researchers at the information-technology giant had carried out in a smidgen over three minutes a calculation that would take Summit, the world’s current-best classical supercomputer, 10,000 years to execute. The Economist, "Proof emerges that a quantum computer can outperform a classical one," 26 Sep. 2019 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

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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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7 Jan 2020

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“Smidgen.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of smidgen

informal : a small amount

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to assert without proof or before proving

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