Definition of smidgen in English:


(also smidgin, smidgeon)


  • A small amount of something.

    ‘add a smidgen of cayenne’
    • ‘Jake White's Springboks played almost as well as the Australians really, lacking only a smidgeon of dash in the final 15-20 minutes.’
    • ‘Anybody with a smidgin of web sense will instantly spot that as an urban legend.’
    • ‘Give people exactly what they remember a genre is all about, add a smidgeon of irony/contemporary cultural reference to taste, count the money.’
    • ‘Though made from an odd array of ingredients including a smidgen of potato flour, they did taste vaguely like French fries.’
    • ‘She used the curvature of the chip to hold a smidgen of salsa.’
    small portion, small piece, piece, portion, segment, section, part
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Mid 19th century: perhaps from Scots smitch in the same sense.