smidgen

[smij-uhn]
noun
a very small amount: a smidgen of jam for your toast.
Also, smidgin, smidgeon.


Origin:
1835–45; origin uncertain

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smidgen or smidgin (ˈsmɪdʒən)
 
n
informal a very small amount or part
 
[C20: of obscure origin]
 
smidgin or smidgin
 
n
 
[C20: of obscure origin]

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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.
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smidgen definition

[ˈsmɪdʒnæ]
  1. n.
    a tiny bit. : Oh, come on, more than a smidgen. Just a little?
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
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.
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