Share this entry

Share this page

smithereens

Line breaks: smith¦er|eens
Pronunciation: /ˌsmɪðəˈriːnz
 
/
(also smithers /ˈsmɪðəz/)

Definition of smithereens in English:

plural noun

informal
Small pieces: a grenade blew him to smithereens
More example sentences
  • The Golden Dragon is blown into smithereens and pieces of the cargo ship lands into the water after being blown sky high.
  • We can watch movies, in which hundreds of people get blown to smithereens.
  • It would also be legal to use force to enter their house/apartment/hotel room and set about smashing their stereo to smithereens with a hurley.

Origin

early 19th century: probably from Irish smidirín.

Definition of smithereens in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day boscage
Pronunciation: ˈbɒskɪdʒ
noun
a mass of trees or shrubs