Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A very small quantity or portion; a bit or mite: "a smidgen of genius, a sliver of cutting truth” ( John Simon).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A very small quantity or amount.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small piece; a small quantity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a tiny or scarcely detectable amount

Etymologies

Probably alteration of dialectal smitch, particle, perhaps ultimately from Middle English smite, perhaps from past participle of smiten, to smite; see smite.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Grace’s mug was filled with what she described as a smidgen of coffee and lots of half-and-half, permitted on her Atkins program.

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  • My favorite of the three by a smidgen is the 2003 Riesling Spätlese Trocken Haardter Bürgergarten “Im Aspen.”

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  • It is this "smidgen" that catches the eye, compelling us to look twice and look long.

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  • Nelson made a surprise appearance off the bench and finished with six points and four assists, activated just before the game despite General Manager Otis Smith saying he had a "smidgen" of a chance to play.

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  • I agree with this, with maybe a "smidgen" more confidence than Fitch has with Obama (but not by much) there are people who argue intelligently that the recent "Government bailout of Wall Street" was a capitulation to socialism.

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  • When begged for the recipe for her incomparable noodles, she will be no more specific with measurements than "a half-eggshell" of water and a "smidgen" of salt.

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  • If we all stopped watching these endless and ridiculous chef programmes on TV reducing cooking to a smidgen of this and that sizzling in a pan, whilst we eat a take away, then we may get out and do something.

    Jamie Oliver: The chef's can-do attitude in a weary world is an inspiration | Observer editorial

  • Okay, at the risk of revealing my soggy, maudlin underbelly ... this made me a smidgen weepy.

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  • If you have not a smidgen of interest in how Platonic philosophy relates to the "many worlds" version of quantum mechanics, you still may like this novel, though you'll probably wish that the characters talked less.

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  • But with the stock just a smidgen below its all-time high, investors should wait for a better opportunity to get in the door.

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  • A half pinch; 1/32 of a teaspoon.

    July 26, 2009