- An example of smitten is for a lightning bolt to have knocked down a tree yesterday.
- An example of smitten is for someone to have fallen very much in love with someone.
(comparative more smitten, superlative most smitten)
- Made irrationally enthusiastic.
- I was really smitten by the color combination, and soon repainted the entire house.
- In love.
- He was totally smitten by the librarian.
- Past participle of smite
Old English verb smittian "to pollute", cognate with German schmitzen, to pollute, and through Middle Low German with Danish smitte, to infect.
Variant of smite
transitive verbsmote, smitten or smote, smiting
- Now Rare
- to hit or strike hard
- to bring into a specified condition by or as by a blow: to smite someone dead
- to defeat, punish, destroy, or kill
- to strike or attack with powerful or disastrous effect
- to affect strongly and suddenly: with some feeling: smitten with dread
- to disquiet mentally; distress: smitten by conscience
- to strike or impress favorably; inspire with love: smitten with her charms
Origin of smiteMiddle English smiten ; from Old English smitan, akin to German schmeissen, to throw ; from Indo-European base an unverified form smē-, to smear, smear on, stroke on