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smutch

[smuhch]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to smudge or soil.
noun
  1. a smudge or stain.
  2. dirt, grime, or smut.
Also smooch.

Origin of smutch

1520–30; perhaps < Middle High German smutzen to smear; compare German Schmutz smut
Related formssmutch·less, adjectiveun·smutched, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for smutch

smutch

verb
  1. (tr) to smudge; mark
noun
  1. a mark; smudge
  2. soot; dirt
Derived Formssmutchy, adjective

Word Origin

C16: probably from Middle High German smutzen to soil; see smut
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Word Origin and History for smutch

v.

1610s, variant of smudge (v.). As a noun from 1520s.

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