smash·​ing ˈsma-shiŋ How to pronounce smashing (audio)
: that smashes : crushing
a smashing defeat
: extraordinarily impressive or effective
a smashing performance
smashingly adverb

Examples of smashing in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of smashing was in 1825

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“Smashing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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