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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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 a small quantity.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
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also smidgeon or smidgin

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