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

Recent Examples on the Web Director Zi Alikhan keeps the proceedings lively, not least with a smashing dance sequence choreographed by Ambika Raina, also the show’s associate director. Celia Wren, Washington Post, 14 Mar. 2023 The program, in many respects, has been a smashing success. Tom Benning, Dallas News, 1 May 2020 The virtual draft, most of which was conducted by streaming video from more than 200 locales, was a smashing success. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2020 Cook Out’s soft opening Wednesday was a smashing success. USA TODAY, 24 Apr. 2020 The Saturday Night Seder was a smashing success, with more than 1 million people watching the initial stream and over $2.3 million raised for the CDC Foundation’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Response Fund. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 13 Apr. 2020 In 2017, the company announced a new Bronco for model year 2021, and so far the rollout has been a smashing success. Andrew Moseman, Fortune, 7 Apr. 2020 Maybe Kelly would have been a smashing success in the Swamp, and whomever UCLA moved onto in its search would have won over Westwood. Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2019 For years, drug stash house stings were considered a smashing success, touted as a law enforcement tool to remove dangerous criminals from the streets. Chicago Tribune Staff,, 7 Oct. 2019 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Smashing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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