smithereen

smithereens

[smith-uh-reenz]
plural noun
small pieces; bits: broken into smithereens.
Also, smithers [smith-erz] .


Origin:
1820–30; dial. smithers (< ?) + Hiberno-English -een diminutive suffix (< Irish -ín)

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smithereens (ˌsmɪðəˈriːnz)
 
pl n
little shattered pieces or fragments
 
[C19: from Irish Gaelic smidirīn, from smiodar]

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smithereens
"fragments," 1829, from Ir. smidirin, dim. of smiodar "fragment," perhaps with dim. ending as in Colleen.
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