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- n. Fine powder; flour.
- n. Smitham.
- n. Zest, energy; pluck.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The powder or finest part of ground malt; also, powder, of whatever kind.
- n. Sagacity; quickness of apprehension; gumption; spirit; mettle.
- n. Ore small enough to pass through the wire bottom of the sieve ; in coal-mining, fine slack ; also, a layer of clay or shale between two beds of coal
There's naethin 'waur nor Sim MacTaggart oot there i' the gairden, wastin 'his wund on a wumman that's owre muckle ta'en up i' the noo wi 'the whillywhaes o' a French sneckdrawer that haesnae the smeddum to gi'e her a toozlin 'at the' oor she needs it maist.
He'll want smeddum and manly discipline; that's the stuff to make the soldier.
It wasn't your father – he hasn't the smeddum of a flea – but he wouldn't send you to do what he dassn't do himself.
It wasn't your father -- he hasn't the smeddum of a flea -- but he wouldn't send you to do what he dassn't do himself.
 _Trauchle_, a poor trollop who trails about; _smeddum_, grit.
But I'm thinkin 'she will be gey cautious in the futur' aboot belittlin 'the smeddum o'
But this didna shuit my leddy; she wasna to be left afore she said gang! sae she cried him back, an 'he cam, bannet in han'; an 'she leuch, an' made as gien she had been but tryin 'the smeddum o' 'im, an' thoucht him a true k-nicht.
'Ow ay,' answered Robert; 'he's no ill aff for smeddum (spirit) -- that is, gin it be for ony ither body.
"For my part," she resumed, recovering her previous posture -- "for my part, it's a very caldrife way of life to dine every day on coffee; broth and beef would put mair smeddum in the men; they're just a whin auld fogies that Mr. Andrew describes, an 'no wurth a single woman's pains."
They were baith bred to mainers by the beuk, and onie ane o 'them had as muckle smeddum and rumblegumtion as the half o' some presbyteries that you and I baith ken.
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