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also smid·geon or smid·gin  (smĭj′ən)
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.]
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(ˈsmɪdʒən) ,




informal a very small amount or part
[C20: of obscure origin]
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or smid•gin or smid•geon

(ˈsmɪdʒ ən)

a very small amount.
[1835–45; orig. uncertain]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.smidgen - a tiny or scarcely detectable amountsmidgen - a tiny or scarcely detectable amount
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
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also smidgeon or smidgin

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smidgin [ˈsmɪdʒən] N a smidgen ofun poquito de, un poquitín de
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smidgeon, smidgin [ˈsmɪdʒən] n
a smidgen → un peu
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, smidgin
n (inf) just a smidgen for mefür mich nur ein (→ klitzekleines (inf)) → bisschen
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Part of the preschool-friendly "Smidgens" series, Crush and the Blue Box is a colorful, flat-spined children's picturebook about the importance of recycling and being socially responsible.
"She ran off the same programme in the Falmouth Stakes and tested negative there, so we're talking smidgens that wouldn't affect a horse's performance on raceday.
This is not a story book, but a book of chapters to be read and then re read in bits and pieces and smidgens and gulps as the mood dictates.