- The definition of a smith is a person who works with metal, or a very common last name.
- 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 combination [silversmith]
Origin of smithMiddle English ; from Old English akin to German schmied (older schmid) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form smēi-, to work with a sharp tool from source Classical Greek smilē, knife
- Smith, Adam 1723-90; Scot. economist
- Smith, Alfred E(manuel) 1873-1944; U.S. politician
- Smith, Bessie 1898?-1937; U.S. blues singer
- Smith, David (Roland) 1906-65; U.S. sculptor & painter
- Smith, Captain John 1580?-1631; Eng. colonist in America
- Smith, Joseph 1805-44; U.S. founder of the Mormon Church
- Smith, Sydney 1771-1845; Eng. clergyman & essayist
- Smith, Wayland
- Smith, William 1769-1839; Eng. geologist
- 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 smiþ (“handicraftsman, smith, blacksmith, armorer, carpenter, worker in metals or in wood”), from Proto-Germanic *smiþaz (“arranger, smith”), from Proto-Indo-European *smēy-, *smī- (“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 smiþian (“to forge, fabricate”). Compare Dutch smeden, German schmieden, from Proto-Germanic *smiþōną.