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).
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- 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
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)