\ ˈsmash How to pronounce smash (audio) \

Definition of smash

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a smashing blow or attack
b : a hard overhand stroke (as in tennis or badminton)
2a : the action or sound of smashing especially : a wreck due to collision : crash
b : utter collapse : ruin
3 : a striking success


smashed; smashing; smashes

Definition of smash (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to break or crush by violence
2a : to drive or throw violently especially with a shattering or battering effect also : to effect in this way
b : to hit violently : batter
c(1) : to hit (something, such as a tennis ball) with a hard overhand stroke
(2) : to drive (a ball) with a forceful stroke
3 : to destroy utterly : wreck

intransitive verb

1 : to move or become propelled with violence or crashing effect smashed into a tree
2 : to become wrecked
3 : to go to pieces suddenly under collision or pressure



Definition of smash (Entry 3 of 3)

: being a smash : outstanding a smash hit

Other Words from smash


smasher noun

Examples of smash in a Sentence

Noun The new movie is a smash. She was a smash at the party. His new song promises to be a smash hit. The vase fell to the ground with a loud smash. She hit an overhand smash that won the match. Verb He smashed the vase with a hammer. The ball smashed the window. The vase fell and smashed to pieces. He smashed into the wall. She smashed the ball deep into the opposite corner. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And sure, Sonic the Hedgehog became a surprise smash at the box office, with a third movie now set for release around Christmas 2024. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 9 Aug. 2022 His show became a smash hit upon its debut in 2015. Ronn Blitzer, Fox News, 8 Aug. 2022 Such features, along with the aircraft’s long range and ability to operate out of many airports, have made the A321NEO family a smash hit. Michael Goldstein, Forbes, 8 Aug. 2022 Police are looking for four men who stole over $2 million worth of jewelry from a Bronx store on Saturday afternoon in a super speedy smash and go, according to NBC New York. Mirna Alsharif, NBC News, 7 Aug. 2022 But, in the end, shortly after a man recovered from a powerful smash to the crotch, the men prevailed. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, 18 July 2022 For example, a summer pop smash played on a sunny day in July may open up the floodgates for a wealth of happiness, and the same might even happen in December. Alex Wagner, SPIN, 30 June 2022 This track is poised to become an inescapable smash. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 24 June 2022 With two runners aboard in the third, Amed Rosario sent a smash back to Astros pitcher Luis Garcia. Joe Noga, cleveland, 23 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The showdowns are expertly choreographed and edited to create authentic incompetence as these foes smash each other up all over the train cars. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 Start out with fried pickles, then try a chili, smash burger or steak frites. The Courier-Journal, 18 July 2022 So far those break-ins seem to follow the usual pattern: smash-and-grabs targeting purses, wallets, or anything of value that might turn up. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 9 Dec. 2019 Video showed Gencarella grab the back of the man’s head and smash it into the pavement, apparently after the man was already handcuffed. Brian Amaral,, 12 July 2022 The market’s current situation with escalating rates of inflation and a Federal Reserve chairman with the spine to smash it like a pumpkin is a throwback to 1979. John Dobosz, Forbes, 13 June 2022 The protester – a young man disguised as an old woman in a wheelchair – attacked the glass and attempted to smash it on Sunday. Fox News, 30 May 2022 There is no better way to learn about fundamental particles than to smash them together and examine the wreckage. Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, 27 Apr. 2022 And this one is big (there's no hourglass to smash, though). Sydney Bucksbaum,, 7 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Jimmy then pulled out a photo of Halsey dressed up as Millie Bobby Brown’s nose-bleeding character from the smash Netflix horror drama. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 15 June 2022 Sam Raimi remembers when Darkman bombed and Spider-Man was a surprise super-smash. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Does this mean that Operation Fortune is going to be a breakout super-smash? Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 Now, it is poised to become the U.S. partner for TikTok, the smash Chinese social-media app that has become a staple on the smartphones of millions of American teenagers. Georgia Wells, WSJ, 15 Sep. 2020 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'smash.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of smash


1725, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1764, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for smash


perhaps blend of smack entry 4 and mash entry 2

Learn More About smash

Dictionary Entries Near smash




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for smash

Last Updated

12 Aug 2022

Cite this Entry

“Smash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for smash


\ ˈsmash How to pronounce smash (audio) \

Kids Definition of smash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a violent blow
2 : the action or sound of shattering or hitting violently He broke the plate with a smash.
3 : a striking success The show was a smash.


smashed; smashing

Kids Definition of smash (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to break in pieces : shatter She smashed the dishes.
2 : to hit or move violently He smashed a ball over the fence.
3 : to destroy completely Our best swimmer smashed the state record. He smashed the car.

More from Merriam-Webster on smash

Nglish: Translation of smash for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of smash for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!