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smudge

play
verb \ ˈsməj \

Definition of smudge

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

Examples of smudge in a Sentence

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

  2. His face was smudged with grease.

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Origin and Etymology of smudge

Middle English smogen

smudge Synonyms


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smudge

noun

Definition of smudge

1 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
2 :a smoldering mass placed on the windward side (as to protect from frost)
3 :a bid of four in pitch that if made wins the game

smudgily

play \ˈsmə-jə-lē\ adverb

smudginess

play \ˈsmə-jē-nəs\ noun

smudgy

play \ˈsmə-jē\ adjective

Examples of smudge in a Sentence

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

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

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First Known Use of smudge

circa 1774


SMUDGE Defined for English Language Learners

smudge

play
verb

Definition of smudge for English Language Learners

  • : 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


smudge

noun

Definition of smudge for English Language Learners

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


SMUDGE Defined for Kids

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smudge

play
noun \ ˈsməj \

Definition of smudge for Students

1 :a blurred spot or streak :smear
2 :a smoky fire (as to drive away mosquitoes)

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smudge

verb

Definition of smudge for Students

smudged; smudging
:to soil or blur by rubbing or smearing


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