verb \ˈsməj\

: 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

transitive verb
a :  to make a smudge on
b :  to soil as if by smudging
a :  to rub, daub, or wipe in a smeary manner
b :  to make indistinct :  blur <smudged the writing>
:  to smoke or protect by means of a smudge
intransitive verb
:  to make a smudge
:  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



: a dirty mark, spot, streak, etc.

Full Definition of SMUDGE

a :  a blurry spot or streak
b :  an immaterial stain <cleanse him of every last smudge of impropriety — Richard Hanser>
c :  an indistinct mass :  blur
:  a smoldering mass placed on the windward side (as to protect from frost)
:  a bid of four in pitch that if made wins the game
smudg·i·ly \ˈsmə-jə-lē\ adverb
smudg·i·ness \ˈsmə-jē-nəs\ noun
smudgy \-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>

First Known Use of SMUDGE

circa 1774


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