‘Smooth' or 'Smoothe': What's the Difference Between the Two?

By Shanea Patterson, updated on January 24, 2023

Should it be ‘smooth’ or ‘smoothe’? And what’s the actual difference between these two words? We’ll cover that in detail below, plus teach you how to use the correct one in a sentence.

In short, ‘smoothe’ is an incorrect misspelling of the word ‘smooth.’

  • ‘Smooth’ is an adjective that means having a continuous even surface.
  • ‘Smoothe’ is often incorrectly used as a verb that means to make smooth.

‘Smooth’ or ‘Smoothe’ – Which is Correct?

As we just learned, ‘smooth’ is the only correct spelling of the word. It’s often misspelled as ‘smooth’ and used as a verb to mean ‘to smooth out or straighten.’

Therefore, you should only use the version without the ‘e’ at the end. Otherwise, your writing will be ungrammatical and incorrect.

‘Smooth’ vs. ‘Smoothe’ vs. Smoothen

We know that ‘smooth’ means free of wrinkles or bumps, and we know that ‘smoothe’ isn’t actually a recognized word in the dictionary.

But what about ‘smoothen’?

Well, believe it or not, ‘smoothen’ is a real word. It’s a verb that means ‘to make smooth.’

Now, let’s quickly define ‘smooth’ so we know how to use it in a sentence.

Definition and Meaning of ‘Smooth’

According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of smooth is having a continuous, even surface.

But it could also mean being without hair or free from difficulties.

Other definitions of the word include serene, not sharp or harsh, and soothe.

It could also mean courteous or suave. For instance, you might hear someone say that someone else is a ‘smooth’ talker, meaning they’re suave or cool.

Synonyms of the word include:


  • Debonair
  • Svelte
  • Urbane
  • Sophisticated


  • Ease
  • Loosen (up)
  • Unclog
  • Facilitate
  • Grease

Pronunciation: How to Pronounce ‘Smooth’

Not sure how to pronounce the word? Here’s a short guide.

  • To pronounce the word ‘smooth,’ use the phonetic spelling: smooth

How to Use ‘Smooth’ in a Sentence

Now that we know what the word means and how to pronounce it, let’s take a look at how to use it in a sentence.

  • Your skin looks so smooth like you’re barely aging. It’s not fair!
  • I love the feeling of silk on my skin. It’s so soft and smooth and makes me want to fall asleep.
  • Your bun is sleek and smooth. Could you do mine like that?
  • These leather seats are so soft and smooth to the touch. I love your new car.
  • The freshmen think they’re smooth walking into class smelling like smoke and then popping mints as if we can’t smell both.
  • This fabric is so smooth. It must be pretty expensive, huh?

Final Advice on ‘Smooth’ and ‘Smoothe’

We’ve already learned that the only correct spelling of the word is without the ‘e.’ So, you know not to use that spelling of the word.

If you ever get stuck, you can always come back here to refresh your memory. Bookmark the page if you need to.

We’ve also got a ton of other content dedicated to explaining confusing words and phrases in the English language. Go check it out.

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Written By:
Shanea Patterson
Shanea Patterson is a writer based in New York and loves writing for brands big and small. She has a master's degree in professional writing from New York University and a bachelor's degree in English from Mercy College.

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