- to smudge or soil.
- a smudge or stain.
- dirt, grime, or smut.
Origin of smutch
1520–30; perhaps < Middle High German smutzen to smear; compare German Schmutz smut
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- (tr) to smudge; mark
- a mark; smudge
- soot; dirt
C16: probably from Middle High German smutzen to soil; see smut
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Word Origin and History for smutch
1610s, variant of smudge (v.). As a noun from 1520s.
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