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[smuhj-ee] /ˈsmʌdʒ i/
adjective, smudgier, smudgiest.
marked with smudges; smeared; smeary.
emitting a stifling smoke; smoky.
British Dialect. humid; sweltering; sultry.
Origin of smudgy
First recorded in 1840-50; smudge + -y1
Related forms
smudgily, adverb
smudginess, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for smudgy
Historical Examples
  • Nan never liked people to be dull and smudgy with disorderly moods.

    Old Crow Alice Brown
  • Yes, the smudgy places are tears, but only because I am rather weak, and so happy.

    The Upas Tree Florence L. Barclay
  • His hand shook as he snatched the smudgy sheets from the negro.

    Out of the Ashes Ethel Watts Mumford
  • Her hair was disheveled, her sleeves rolled back, and her face smudged from her smudgy fingers.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • In the shop the sickly man was studying his smudgy newspaper, now spread out largely on the counter.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • The officially registered impression affords clear lineations, but that on the bit of glass panel is muddled and smudgy.

    Dactylography Henry Faulds
  • He had forgotten his smudgy apron, folded and tucked away in the lining of his jacket.

    A Child of the Jago Arthur Morrison
  • I am smudgy, and also very hungry, and it is almost seven oclock, Marjorie warned.

  • With a stereotype, the liability of smudgy printing is greatly enhanced.

  • Neither of them had any fear of dirt, and Fan had grown up not merely unkempt, but smudgy.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
British Dictionary definitions for smudgy


smeared, blurred, or soiled, or likely to become so
made deliberately indistinct or cloudy: smudgy colours
Derived Forms
smudginess, noun
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Word Origin and History for smudgy

"dirty," 1859, from smudge (n.) + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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