smithereens

See also: Smithereens

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Origin uncertain; the following possibilities have been suggested, though the etymons are all first attested later than the English word:[1]

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NounEdit

smithereens pl (plural only) (rare singular smithereen)

  1. (originally Ireland, informal) Fragments or splintered pieces; numerous tiny disconnected items.
    Synonyms: shards, shivereens, smithers
    The urn shattered into smithereens the moment it hit the ground.

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  1. ^ smithereens, n.”, in OED Online  , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, December 2020; “smithereens, n.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.

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