smeddum

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English smedma, from Old English smedma, smedema (fine flour, pollen meal, meal).

Noun[edit]

smeddum (uncountable)

  1. Fine powder; flour.
  2. The powder or finest part of ground malt.
  3. (mining) Smitham.
  4. (Scotland) Zest, energy; pluck; sagacity; quickness of apprehension; gumption; spirit; mettle.
    • 1933, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Cloud Howe, Polygon 2006 (A Scots Quair), p. 271:
      maybe there were better folk far in Segget, but few enough with smeddum like his.
  5. (UK dialectal, Northern England) Ore small enough to pass through the wire bottom of a sieve.
  6. (UK dialectal, Northern England) A layer of clay or shale between two beds of coal.

Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old English smeodoma.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

smeddum (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) fine powder, smitham
  2. pith, essence
  3. zest, energy, spirit