- a dirty mark or smear.
- a smeary state.
- a stifling smoke.
- a smoky fire, especially one made for driving away mosquitoes or safeguarding fruit trees from frost.
- to mark with dirty streaks or smears.
- to fill with smudge, as to drive away insects or protect fruit trees from frost.
- to form a smudge on something.
- to become smudged: White shoes smudge easily.
- to smolder or smoke; emit smoke, as a smudge pot.
Origin of smudge
Related Words for smudgeblot, blemish, daub, sully, blacken, spatter, spot, smut, smutch, blur, macule, defile, smirch, slop, soil, plaster, grime, blotch, taint, foul
Examples from the Web for smudge
Contemporary Examples of smudge
What happened with Broadwell will be seen as a smudge on his record.Like Jill Kelley, Paula Broadwell Eyes Comeback After Petraeus Scandal
January 23, 2013
Historical Examples of smudge
Such is the story of the hole which you have marked, and of the smudge upon the wood.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Ahead, he could see the smudge of the Black Fleet's smoke on the horizon.Raiders Invisible
Desmond Winter Hall
And to-day "the smudge" has grown more than ever ineffective.Women's Wild Oats
C. Gasquoine Hartley
"Come to council," I sent up, while they helped to keep the smudge thick.Pluck on the Long Trail
Edwin L. Sabin
“What a shame,” he said, as it fell on his letter, and made a smudge.Eric, or Little by Little
Frederic W. Farrar
- to smear, blur, or soil or cause to do so
- (tr) mainly US and Canadian to fill (an area) with smoke in order to drive insects away or guard against frost
- a smear or dirty mark
- a blurred form or areathat smudge in the distance is a quarry
- mainly US and Canadian a smoky fire for driving insects away or protecting fruit trees or plants from frost
Word Origin for smudge
early 15c., smogen "to soil, stain, blacken," of obscure origin. Related: Smudged; smudging. Meaning "make a smoky fire" is from 1860, hence smudge-pot (1903). The noun meaning "a stain, spot, smear" is first attested 1768, from the verb.