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smidgen

[smij-uh n] /ˈsmɪdʒ ən/
noun
1.
a very small amount:
a smidgen of jam for your toast.
Also, smidgin, smidgeon.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; origin uncertain
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Examples for smidgen
  • Even a smidgen of rationale might have imparted some credibility to your comment.
  • Yes, they have lost a smidgen of their physical genius.
  • The film is short on originality and minus one smidgen of humor.
  • Her thoughts are crafted for sound and sense, placed carefully in small compartments with not a smidgen of extra space.
  • The recipe is original and the links are mostly pork with a smidgen of beef.
British Dictionary definitions for smidgen

smidgen

/ˈsmɪdʒən/
noun
1.
(informal) a very small amount or part
Word Origin
C20: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for smidgen
smidgen
1845, perhaps from Scot. smitch "very small amount, small insignificant person" (1822), perhaps from smidin "small syllable." Short form smidge is attested from 1905, Amer.Eng. dial.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for smidgen

smidgen

noun

A little bit; cunt-hair, skosh: The deck may be stacked a smidgen against Lianna's husband/ I was a smidge stressed as a result of a call from Mother

[1886+; origin unknown; possibly fr Scots Gaelic smidin, ''small syllable, hence tiny quantity''; found by 1845 as smitchin and by 1878 as smidgeon]


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