smidgin

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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