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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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British Dictionary definitions for smidgeon

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 smidgeon

smidgen

n.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for smidgeon

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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