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

  • transitive v. To break (something) into pieces suddenly, noisily, and violently; shatter. See Synonyms at break.
  • transitive v. To throw or dash (something) violently so as to shatter or crush. See Synonyms at crush.
  • transitive v. To strike with a heavy blow; batter.
  • transitive v. Sports To hit (a ball or shuttlecock) in a forceful overhand stroke.
  • transitive v. To crush or destroy completely: smashed all resistance.
  • intransitive v. To strike or collide suddenly, noisily, and violently: The car smashed into a tree.
  • intransitive v. To break suddenly into pieces, as from a violent blow or collision.
  • intransitive v. Sports To hit a ball or shuttlecock in a forceful overhand stroke.
  • intransitive v. To be crushed or destroyed.
  • intransitive v. To go bankrupt.
  • n. The act or sound of smashing.
  • n. The condition of having been smashed.
  • n. Total defeat or destruction; ruin.
  • n. Financial failure; bankruptcy.
  • n. A collision or crash.
  • n. A drink made of mint, sugar, soda water, and alcoholic liquor, usually brandy.
  • n. A soft drink made of crushed fruit.
  • n. Sports A forceful overhand stroke, as in tennis or badminton.
  • n. Informal A resounding success: The play was a smash on Broadway.
  • adj. Informal Of, relating to, or being a resounding success: a smash hit on Broadway.
  • adv. With a sudden violent crash.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The sound of a violent impact; a violent striking together.
  • n. A traffic accident.
  • n. Something very successful.
  • n. A very hard overhead shot hit sharply downward.
  • n. bankruptcy
  • v. To break (something brittle) violently.
  • v. To hit extremely hard.
  • v. To ruin completely and suddenly.
  • v. To defeat overwhelmingly.
  • v. To deform through continuous pressure.
  • v. To be destroyed by being smashed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A breaking or dashing to pieces; utter destruction; wreck.
  • n. Hence, bankruptcy.
  • intransitive v. To break up, or to pieces suddenly, as the result of collision or pressure.
  • transitive v. To break in pieces by violence; to dash to pieces; to crush.
  • transitive v. To hit (the ball) from above the level of the net with a very hard overhand stroke.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To break in pieces utterly and with violence; dash to pieces; shatter; crush.
  • To render insolvent; bankrupt.
  • To dash violently; fling violently and noisily: as, he smashed it against the wall.
  • In lawn-tennis, to strike with much strength; bat very swiftly.
  • Synonyms Shatter, etc. See dash.
  • To act with a crushing force; produce a crushing or crashing.
  • To be broken or dashed to pieces suddenly and roughly; go to pieces by a violent blow or collision.
  • To be ruined; fail; become insolvent or bankrupt: generally with up.
  • To dash violently: as, the locomotives smashed into each other.
  • To utter base coin.
  • To press or make (the folded and sewed sections of a proposed book) of a uniform thickness.
  • n. A violent dashing or crushing to pieces: as, the lurch of the ship was attended with a great smash of glass and china.
  • n. Destruction; ruin in general; specifically, failure; bankruptcy: as, his business has gone to smash.
  • n. A drink composed of spirit (generally brandy), cut ice, water, sugar, and sprigs of mint: it is like a julep, but served in smaller glasses.
  • n. A disastrous collision, especially on a railroad; a smash-up.
  • n. In lawn-tennis, an overhand volley played hard and fast to prevent, by the speed of the stroke, a return by the opponent.

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

  • v. collide or strike violently and suddenly
  • v. humiliate or depress completely
  • adv. with a loud crash
  • v. damage or destroy as if by violence
  • v. hit (a tennis ball) in a powerful overhead stroke
  • v. break suddenly into pieces, as from a violent blow
  • v. overthrow or destroy (something considered evil or harmful)
  • v. break into pieces, as by striking or knocking over
  • n. a serious collision (especially of motor vehicles)
  • n. a hard return hitting the tennis ball above your head
  • v. reduce to bankruptcy
  • n. a conspicuous success
  • v. hit violently
  • v. hit hard
  • n. the act of colliding with something
  • n. a vigorous blow


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

Probably of imitative origin.

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  • I went back with him to the Admiral Benbow, and you cannot imagine a house in such a state of smash; the very clock had been thrown down by these fellows in their furious hunt after my mother and myself; and though nothing had actually been taken away except the captain's money-bag and a little silver from the till, I could see at once that we were ruined.
    Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island (1883), ch. 5

    February 10, 2019