One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small amount of something.
iota, scrap, shred, whit, grain, crumb, ounce, little bit, bit, tiniest bit, jot or tittle, fraction, speck, atom, particle, scintilla, trace, hint, miteView synonyms
- ‘Every last smitch of the macaroni is so savory with that grand, rich cheese goodness.’
- ‘To the children standing in the corner waiting, it seemed that every smitch of the dinner was going and that nothing would be left when the men got through.’
- ‘It's so rich in butter fat that it makes the slickest-tasting sandwiches you ever sampled without using a smitch of butter.’
- ‘This spring's stockings are clear veils of nylon, with just a smitch of color added to make an affinity between legs, shoes and skirts.’
- ‘I was going to need every bit of credit that I had with her; I couldn't afford to waste a smitch.’
Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.
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