Definition of smith in English:


Pronunciation /smiTH/ /smɪθ/


  • 1A worker in metal.

    ‘we do not know whether the metals were mined and smelted by the smith or purchased from miners’
    • ‘As early as 1720, British craftsmen, metal smiths and clockmakers, applied for permits to work in the newly formed presidencies.’
    • ‘There is a family of potters who are exceptionally skilled, a weaver, a jeweler, and a metal smith.’
    • ‘Most of the metal smiths took up shop around there, knowing visitors would come looking for repairs to their armor, weapons and the shoeing of their horses.’
    • ‘Torik, besides being a master metal smith, was also the rarest of craftsmen, one who could weave enchantments into his work.’
    • ‘It takes a lot of time and energy to sculpt a piece of solid metal into a detailed figure, and unless a smith has these skills, she or he will spend great portions of their time on it.’
    1. 1.1
      short for blacksmith
      ‘the wheels then needed the smith's attention’
      short for blacksmith
      • ‘An assistant swung the converter back into the crucible, leaving the smith free to turn his attention to the liquid steel in the mould.’
      • ‘There the smiths beat the metal on anvils on top or in huge furnaces.’
      • ‘The first smiths could change rocks into metal, purify as well as shape gold and copper and iron - most potent magic.’
      • ‘The metal hissed furiously as the smith quenched it in a trough of oil.’
      • ‘Behind the man Drillian could see a couple of the smiths hammering red-hot chunks of metal.’
      • ‘At least one of the fifteen or so smiths would be hammering on metal at any given moment, making a clamour such as he had never heard before.’

transitive verb

[with object]
  • Treat (metal) by heating, hammering, and forging it.

    ‘tin-bronze was cast into ingots before being smithed into bracelets’
    • ‘In addition, almost all of them are involved in secondary work such as trade, smithing (working with metals), or tailoring.’
    • ‘Stoner had even taking the time to teach some of the men basic weapon smithing techniques.’
    • ‘Almost undoubtedly, dwarves had had something to do with its creation; only the short folk could possible be skilled enough to smith the metal so perfectly.’
    • ‘Evidence for smithing includes crucibles, and moulds for plain copper-alloy pins.’
    • ‘Families built and repaired their own houses and barns, mended their own tools and harness, sometimes smithed iron and tanned leather.’


Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch smid and German Schmied.



/smiTH/ /smɪθ/