Definitions

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

  • n. A blacksmith's shop; a forge. Also called smithery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The location where a smith (particularly a blacksmith) works, a forge.
  • v. to forge, especially by hand

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The workshop of a smith, esp. a blacksmith; a smithery; a stithy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The workshop of a smith, especially of a worker in iron; a forge.
  • To forge in a blacksmith's fire or shop.

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

  • n. a workplace where metal is worked by heating and hammering

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old Norse smidhja.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English smiþþe, from Proto-Germanic *smiþjōn, whence also Old Norse smiðja. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • When completed, the smithy was a low building of einderblock, sheet-rock, corrugated metal, and so on, plunked down in the middle of sage, paintbrush, Apache plume, and so on.

    Operation Luna

  • The smithy was a three-sided shed, the forge in the middle, the anvil toward the front.

    Owlflight

  • Beyond the smithy was a single new building, low and long, a repetition of the Sarronnese barracks they had been quartered near for almost every night of their trip.

    The Order War

  • The house and the smithy were the first structures Justen had seen within the great forest that were not grown by some tree or another.

    The Order War

  • The smithy was his school, the forge his master, teaching him -- what?

    Prentice Alvin

  • A road house by a smithy was a road house that would prosper.

    Seventh Son

  • Beyond the smithy were the school-house and the local constable's cottage, a few more cottages occupied by the schoolmaster, the smith, the saw-miller, and some unofficial residents, and, at the end of all, the Carrier's Rest, the township hotel.

    Colonial Born A tale of the Queensland bush

  • Then we have Iris and Hermes, the servants and messengers of Zeus; and next Hephaestus's smithy, which is stocked with all manner of cunning contrivances.

    Works of Lucian of Samosata — Volume 01

  • Mr. Skinner took us into the smithy, which is so charmingly situated, and we wondered again, as at Cheverny, why even a blacksmith's workshop is so much more picturesque here than in

    In Château Land

  • He knew that the vision of the smithy was a dream, but he was not aware that he had slept for seven weeks without intermission.

    The Hero of Esthonia and Other Studies in the Romantic Literature of That Country

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  • "Our village smithy no longer stands under a spreading chestnut tree. Instead we have an itinerant blacksmith who travels by car, trailing a portable forge.
    A Farmer's Ruminations, by Clyde Higgs, printed in the British quarterly agricultural periodical The Countryman, Winter, 1956, p. 735.

    September 29, 2009