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smithy | slithy |

As a proper noun smithy

is a nickname of the surname smith.

As an adjective slithy is

a nonce word in (lewis carroll)'s (jabberwocky) combining the senses of "slimy" and "lithe".




  • The location where a smith (particularly a blacksmith) works, a forge.
  • Traditionally a village smithy was a busy place because the smith's work was so necessary.


  • (uncommon) to forge, especially by hand
  • * 1995 , John Francis Campbell, The Celtic Dragon Myth , page 59:
  • So the old smith went out to his smithy and weighed out iron enough to make a stout staff a stone weight, and he smithied' it well while his son looked on. So they weighed six stone of iron and ' smithied a great bent club like a shinny, and when that was made and cooled the smith's son said, "that will do."




  • A nonce word in (Lewis Carroll)'s (Jabberwocky) combining the senses of "slimy" and "lithe".
  • 'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves / Did gyre and gimble in the wabe'' — Lewis Carroll, ''Jabberwocky

    See also

    * (Jabberwocky) English terms derived from fiction