See also: Smithy

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Etymology edit

From Middle English smythy, from Old Norse smiðja, from Proto-Germanic *smiþjǭ. Cognate with Old English smiþþe (whence the obsolete modern doublet smithe). See the Proto-Germanic entry for further cognates.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈsmɪði/, /ˈsmɪθi/ (the form with /θ/ is chiefly North American)
  • Rhymes: -ɪði, -ɪθi

Noun edit

smithy (plural smithies)

  1. The location where a smith (particularly a blacksmith) works, a forge.
    Synonyms: forge, smithery
    Traditionally a village smithy was a busy place because the smith's work was so necessary.
    • 1941 June, “Notes and News: The Derelict Glyn Valley Tramway”, in Railway Magazine, page 278:
      The workshop with its smithy is still intact, also the loading stage where the narrow-gauge wagons tipped their contents into those of the G.W.R.

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smithy (third-person singular simple present smithies, present participle smithying, simple past and past participle smithied)

  1. (uncommon) to forge, especially by hand
    • 1956, C. S. Lewis, The Last Battle:
      "That's funny looking mail, Sire," said Eustace.
      "Aye, lad," said Tirian. "No Narnian dwarf smithied that. []
    • 1995, John Francis Campbell, The Celtic Dragon Myth, page 59:
      So the old smith went out to his smithy and weighed out iron enough to make a stout staff a stone weight, and he smithied it well while his son looked on. [] So they weighed six stone of iron and smithied a great bent club like a shinny, and when that was made and cooled the smith's son said, "that will do."

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