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smid·gen

also smid·geon or smid·gin  (smĭj′ən)
n.
A very small quantity or portion; a bit or mite: "a smidgen of genius, a sliver of cutting truth" (John Simon).

[Probably alteration of dialectal smitch, particle, perhaps ultimately from Middle English smite, perhaps from past participle of smiten, to smite; see smite.]

Smidgeon

 a small quantity.
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Noun1.smidgeon - a tiny or scarcely detectable amountsmidgeon - a tiny or scarcely detectable amount
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude

smidgen

also smidgeon or smidgin

noun
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