Definition of smashing in English:

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smashing

Pronunciation: /ˈsmaʃɪŋ/

adjective

British informal
Excellent; wonderful: you look smashing!
More example sentences
  • Thank you everyone, marvellous entertainment and smashing, friendly people, lots of them!
  • But as the years go by, we realize what a smashing wonderful star she was.
  • Letting famous film directors direct operas has resulted in both smashing successes and dismal failures.
Synonyms
British informal brilliant, brill, bosting
North American informal peachy, dandy, jim-dandy, neat, badass, boss, radical, rad, boffo, bully, bitching
US informal on fleek
Australian/New Zealand informal beaut, bonzer
South African informal kif, lank
informal, dated groovy, divine
British informal, dated capital, champion, wizard, corking, cracking, ripping, spiffing, top-hole, topping, beezer
North American informal, dated swell, keen
archaic goodly

Derivatives

smashingly

adverb
Example sentences
  • The tour is going absolutely, smashingly well.
  • Zen 8 was out of salmon skin, but we hit the jackpot at Sushi Kawa - the salmon was smashingly crispy, the rolls expertly composed.
  • Everything comes together smashingly, in an extended dénouement that… reasserts the power of stories and songs to represent, sustain and complete us.

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