Definitions

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

  • n. A metalworker, especially one who works metal when it is hot and malleable. Often used in combination: a silversmith; a goldsmith.
  • n. A blacksmith.
  • n. One who makes or works at something specified. Often used in combination: a locksmith; a wordsmith.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A craftsperson who works metal into desired forms using a hammer and other tools, sometimes heating the metal to make it more workable, especially a blacksmith.
  • n. An artist.
  • v. To forge, to form, usually on an anvil; by heating and pounding.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who forges with the hammer; one who works in metals.
  • n. One who makes or effects anything.
  • transitive v. To beat into shape; to forge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An artificer; especially, a worker with the hammer and in metal: as, a goldsmith, a silversmith; specifically (and now generally), a worker in iron. See blacksmith, 1.
  • n. One who makes or effects anything.
  • To fashion, as metal; especially, to fashion with the hammer: at the present time most commonly applied to ironwork.

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

  • n. United States singer noted for her rendition of patriotic songs (1909-1986)
  • n. English explorer who helped found the colony at Jamestown, Virginia; was said to have been saved by Pocahontas (1580-1631)
  • n. United States sculptor (1906-1965)
  • n. United States suffragist who refused to pay taxes until she could vote (1792-1886)
  • n. Rhodesian statesman who declared independence of Zimbabwe from Great Britain (born in 1919)
  • n. United States blues singer (1894-1937)
  • n. someone who works metal (especially by hammering it when it is hot and malleable)
  • n. someone who works at something specified
  • n. religious leader who founded the Mormon Church in 1830 (1805-1844)
  • n. Scottish economist who advocated private enterprise and free trade (1723-1790)

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English smith, from Old English smiþ ("handicraftsman, smith, blacksmith, armorer, carpenter, worker in metals or in wood"), from Proto-Germanic *smiþaz (“arranger, smith”), from Proto-Indo-European *smēy-, *smī- (“to cut, hew”). Cognate with Dutch smid, German Schmied, Swedish/Norwegian smed. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English smithen ("To work metal, forge, beat into, torment, refine (of God - to refine his chosen); create, to work as a blacksmith"), from Old English smiþian ("to forge, fabricate"). Compare Dutch smeden, German schmieden, from Proto-Germanic *smiþōnan. (Wiktionary)

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  • The surname of two of the Doctor's companions on Doctor Who: Sarah Jane Smith and Mickey Smith.

    September 9, 2008

  • Worker responsible for the forging and repair of domestic and military ironwork.

    August 26, 2008