One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A blacksmith's workshop; a forge.
- ‘We went from Day's show at the navy's immense old boiler smithy to another former navy site, Base Camp, where Malene Birger held her show.’
- ‘A smithy was also set up where Frank Baldwin produced all the window casements, hinges, and other metalwork.’
- ‘A smithy was often just outside the wall because of the fire risk a forge represented.’
- ‘Sometimes, when someone mentions a blacksmith's forge, I find myself instantaneously back in my childhood, visiting a local smithy.’
- ‘Earlier I went to the smithy, and the mages there were able to produce new boots for us.’
- 1.1US A blacksmith.
- ‘He might have gotten some village smithy to pity him and strike off his chains.’
- ‘Whether you're a master tailor, smithy, jeweler, alchemist or other master of a crafts, you'll find simply amazing new things to create using your trade skills.’
- ‘There was no official smithy in town, so good swords were rare and hard to come by.’
Middle English, from Old Norse smithja.
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