Definition of smith in English:



  • 1A worker in metal.

    ‘we do not know whether the metals were mined and smelted by the smith or purchased from miners’
    • ‘Most of the metal smiths took up shop around there, knowing visitors would come looking for repairs to their armor, weapons and the shoeing of their horses.’
    • ‘It takes a lot of time and energy to sculpt a piece of solid metal into a detailed figure, and unless a smith has these skills, she or he will spend great portions of their time on it.’
    • ‘Torik, besides being a master metal smith, was also the rarest of craftsmen, one who could weave enchantments into his work.’
    • ‘As early as 1720, British craftsmen, metal smiths and clockmakers, applied for permits to work in the newly formed presidencies.’
    • ‘There is a family of potters who are exceptionally skilled, a weaver, a jeweler, and a metal smith.’
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      ‘the wheels then needed the smith's attention’
      short for blacksmith
      • ‘The first smiths could change rocks into metal, purify as well as shape gold and copper and iron - most potent magic.’
      • ‘At least one of the fifteen or so smiths would be hammering on metal at any given moment, making a clamour such as he had never heard before.’
      • ‘An assistant swung the converter back into the crucible, leaving the smith free to turn his attention to the liquid steel in the mould.’
      • ‘Behind the man Drillian could see a couple of the smiths hammering red-hot chunks of metal.’
      • ‘There the smiths beat the metal on anvils on top or in huge furnaces.’
      • ‘The metal hissed furiously as the smith quenched it in a trough of oil.’


  • Treat (metal) by heating, hammering, and forging it.

    ‘tin-bronze was cast into ingots before being smithed into bracelets’
    • ‘In addition, almost all of them are involved in secondary work such as trade, smithing (working with metals), or tailoring.’
    • ‘Stoner had even taking the time to teach some of the men basic weapon smithing techniques.’
    • ‘Evidence for smithing includes crucibles, and moulds for plain copper-alloy pins.’
    • ‘Families built and repaired their own houses and barns, mended their own tools and harness, sometimes smithed iron and tanned leather.’
    • ‘Almost undoubtedly, dwarves had had something to do with its creation; only the short folk could possible be skilled enough to smith the metal so perfectly.’


Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch smid and German Schmied.