SMITH , a worker in metals . The O . Eng. smid, Du. smid, Ger . Schmied, &c., are from an obsolete Teut. verb smeithan, to forge . The
See also:root is seen in Gr. o sLXtl, a graver's
See also:tool . It is apparently not connected with " smooth," where an
See also:original in has been lost . There is no foundation for the old etymological guess which identifies " smith " with " to smite, " as the one who smites or beats iron . When used without such qualification as appears in " goldsmith," " silversmith," &c., the
See also:term means a worker in iron, especially as indicating a " blacksmith," one who forges iron, as opposed to " whitesmith," the finisher and polisher of iron, or " tinsmith," a worker in tin . The word has originated one of the commonest of
See also:English surnames, sometimes taking various archaic forms (
See also:Smyth, Smythe, Smigth, &c.; also German
See also:Schmidt) .
ROBERT SMIRKE (1752-1845)
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