verb (used with object), smudged, smudg·ing.
verb (used without object), smudged, smudg·ing.
Origin of smudge
Related Words for smudgingblot, blemish, daub, sully, blacken, spatter, spot, smut, smutch, blur, macule, defile, smirch, slop, soil, plaster, grime, blotch, taint, foul
Examples from the Web for smudging
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of smudging
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
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.