verb (used with object), smudged, smudg·ing.
verb (used without object), smudged, smudg·ing.
Origin of smudge
Examples from the Web for smudge
What happened with Broadwell will be seen as a smudge on his record.Like Jill Kelley, Paula Broadwell Eyes Comeback After Petraeus Scandal|Howard Kurtz|January 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Reuben left the cottage with the green shutters before the sun had entered the smudge of horizon clouds.Wilderness of Spring|Edgar Pangborn
One morning, at the beginning of his fourth month of solitude, the mucker saw a smudge of smoke upon the horizon.The Mucker|Edgar Rice Burroughs
Old Smudge alone remained, at the moment of which I have spoken.Afloat And Ashore|James Fenimore Cooper
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.