- 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
Examples from the Web for smudging
I like taking that old Hollywood idea and putting rock and roll on top of it and messing it up and smudging it.Evan Rachel Wood Grows Up
June 16, 2009
This blotting, this smudging, is very slight, but it exists; it is always there.John Caldigate
Windbreaks as often favor the frost as the vine, and smudging or heating the vineyards is too expensive to be practical.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
Smudging is too expensive for the extensive system of peach-orcharding practiced in the East.The Peaches of New York
U. P. Hedrick
Hundreds of votive candles blaze and smoke in the grotto, smudging the whole with nasty soot.Winged Wheels in France
Michael Myers Shoemaker
It was as though a hand had been passed over the picture, smudging the outlines and rendering the whole thing of dubious value.Aliens
- a traditional Native American method of using smoke from burning herbs to purify a space
- 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 and History for smudging
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.