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[smij-uh n] /ˈsmɪdʒ ən/
a very small amount:
a smidgen of jam for your toast.
Also, smidgin, smidgeon.
1835-45; origin uncertain Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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


(informal) a very small amount or part
Word Origin
C20: of obscure origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for smidgen

1845, perhaps from Scottish smitch "very small amount; small insignificant person" (1822). Cf. Northumbrian dialectal smiddum "small particle of lead ore" (1821).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for smidgen

smell something out

verb phrase

To look for something as if by smelling: I figure I can't do any worse than the others by coming out here in the street and trying to smell it out (1538+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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