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smudge

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verb \ˈsməj\

Simple Definition of smudge

  • : to make a dirty mark, spot, streak, etc., on (something)

  • : to become blurry and unclear by being touched or rubbed

  • : to make (something) blurry or unclear by touching or rubbing it

Full Definition of smudge

smudgedsmudg·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to make a smudge onb :  to soil as if by smudging

  3. 2a :  to rub, daub, or wipe in a smeary mannerb :  to make indistinct :  blur <smudged the writing>

  4. 3 :  to smoke or protect by means of a smudge

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to make a smudge

  7. 2 :  to become smudged

Examples of smudge

  1. Don't smudge the picture with your dirty hands!

  2. His face was smudged with grease.



Origin of smudge

Middle English smogen


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with smudge


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smudge

noun

Simple Definition of smudge

  • : a dirty mark, spot, streak, etc.

Full Definition of smudge

  1. 1a :  a blurry spot or streakb :  an immaterial stain <cleanse him of every last smudge of impropriety — Richard Hanser>c :  an indistinct mass :  blur

  2. 2 :  a smoldering mass placed on the windward side (as to protect from frost)

  3. 3 :  a bid of four in pitch that if made wins the game

smudg·i·ly play \ˈsmə-jə-lē\ adverb
smudg·i·ness play \ˈsmə-jē-nəs\ noun
smudgy play \-jē\ adjective

Examples of smudge

  1. His hand left a grimy smudge on the wall.

  2. <the president's spouse must not have the slightest smudge of scandal>



Circa 1774

First Known Use of smudge

circa 1774


SMUDGE Defined for Kids

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smudge

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noun \ˈsməj\

Definition of smudge

  1. 1 :  a blurred spot or streak :  smear

  2. 2 :  a smoky fire (as to drive away mosquitoes)




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smudge

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verb

Definition of smudge

smudgedsmudg·ing

  1. :  to soil or blur by rubbing or smearing





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