Definition of smittle in English:

smittle

(also smittal)

adjective

Scottish, Northern English
  • Contagious or infectious.

    ‘he's got a cough, and they say it's smittle’
    • ‘You'll have to take care, for the fever is smittal.’
    • ‘Either it's the season of the year or else hiking is proving as smittal as SARS.’
    • ‘I've a theory that fear is smittal.’
    • ‘The spirit of rivalry is smittle.’
    • ‘You're not to be feart of the scabs; the doctor assured us they're not smittal.’

Origin

Late 16th century: from the dialect verb smit ‘to infect, affect by contagion’, related to smite.

Pronunciation

smittle

/ˈsmɪt(ə)l/