plural noun
smith·​er·​eens | \ˌsmi-t͟hə-ˈrēnz \

Definition of smithereens 

: fragments, bits the house was blown to smithereens by the explosion

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Despite its American sound and its common use by the fiery animated cartoon character Yosemite Sam, smithereens did not originate in American slang. Although no one is entirely positive about its precise origins, scholars think that smithereens likely developed from the Irish word smidiríní, which means "little bits." That Irish word is the diminutive of smiodar, meaning "fragment." Written record of the use of smithereen dates back to 1829.

First Known Use of smithereens

1798, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for smithereens

perhaps from Irish smidiríní

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English Language Learners Definition of smithereens

: small broken pieces : tiny bits


noun plural
smith·​er·​eens | \ˌsmi-t͟hə-ˈrēnz \

Kids Definition of smithereens

: small broken pieces The target was blown to smithereens.

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