Fragments or splintered pieces; bits.
The fragile dish broke into smithereens.
(informal) Small fragments or broken pieces; bits.
Origin of smithereens
- From Irish Gaelic smidirīn diminutive of smiodar small fragment
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Irish smidirÃnÃ, diminutive form of smiodar (“fragment").