- An example of a smith is a person who makes locks; a locksmith.
- An example of a well-known person with this last name is John Smith.
- a person who makes or repairs metal objects, esp. by shaping the metal while it is hot and soft; metalworker: usually in comb.: silversmith
Origin of smithMiddle English from OE, akin to German schmied (older schmid) from Indo-European base an unverified form sm?i-, to work with a sharp tool from source Classical Greek smil?, knife
- 1723-90; Scot. economist
- (called Al Smith) 1873-1944; U.S. politician
- 1894?-1937; U.S. blues singer
- 1906-65; U.S. sculptor & painter
- 1580?-1631; Eng. colonist in America
- 1805-44; U.S. founder of the Mormon Church
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- A metalworker, especially one who works metal when it is hot and malleable. Often used in combination: a silversmith; a goldsmith.
- A blacksmith.
- One who makes or works at something specified. Often used in combination: a locksmith; a wordsmith.
Origin of smithMiddle English from Old English
From Middle English smith, from Old English smiÃ¾ (“handicraftsman, smith, blacksmith, armorer, carpenter, worker in metals or in wood"), from Proto-Germanic *smiÃ¾az (“arranger, smith"), from Proto-Indo-European *smÄ“y-, *smÄ«- (“to cut, hew"). Cognate with Dutch smid, German Schmied, Swedish/Norwegian smed.
(third-person singular simple present smiths, present participle smithing, simple past and past participle smithed)
- To forge, to form, usually on an anvil; by heating and pounding.
From Middle English smithen (“To work metal, forge, beat into, torment, refine (of God - to refine his chosen); create, to work as a blacksmith"), from Old English smiÃ¾ian (“to forge, fabricate"). Compare Dutch smeden, German schmieden, from Proto-Germanic *smiÃ¾ÅnÄ….
Middle English, from Old English smiÃ¾ (“metals craftsman")