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  • IPA(key): /smɪθ/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪθ

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English smyth, smith, from Old English smiþ, from Proto-Germanic *smiþaz, from Proto-Indo-European *smēy-, *smī- (to cut, hew). Cognate with Dutch smid, German Schmied, German Low German Smitt, Danish smed, Faroese smiður, Icelandic smiður, Norwegian Bokmål smed, Norwegian Nynorsk smed, Swedish smed, Yiddishשמיד(shmid).


smith (plural smiths)

  1. A craftsperson who works metal into desired forms using a hammer and other tools, sometimes heating the metal to make it more workable, especially a blacksmith.
    • 1945 January and February, A Former Pupil, “Some Memories of Crewe Works—III”, in Railway Magazine, page 13:
      The smiths themselves were a grand lot of fellows, full of a robust, and sometimes Rabelaisian sense of humour, and between "heats," they could be most entertaining.
  2. (by extension) One who makes anything; wright.
  3. (archaic) An artist.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English smythen (to work metal, forge, beat into, torment, refine (of God - to refine his chosen); to create, work as a blacksmith), from Old English smiþian (to forge, fabricate), from Proto-Germanic *smiþōną. Compare Dutch smeden, German schmieden.


smith (third-person singular simple present smiths, present participle smithing, simple past and past participle smithed)

  1. To forge, to form, usually on an anvil; by heating and pounding.


  • (2 archaic) William Anderson (1863). The Scottish Nation. A. Fullerton & Co.: Edinburgh. Page 479. Accessed 2008-03-04.

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  1. Alternative form of smyth

Old Saxon[edit]


From Proto-West Germanic *smiþ, Proto-Germanic *smiþaz. Cognate with Old Dutch smith, Old Frisian smith, Old English smiþ, Old High German smid, Old Norse smiðr.


smith m

  1. smith


  • Middle Low German: smit, smet, smede