adjective, smudg·i·er, smudg·i·est.

marked with smudges; smeared; smeary.
emitting a stifling smoke; smoky.
British Dialect. humid; sweltering; sultry.

Origin of smudgy

First recorded in 1840–50; smudge + -y1
Related formssmudg·i·ly, adverbsmudg·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for smudgy

Historical Examples of smudgy

  • Nan never liked people to be dull and smudgy with disorderly moods.

    Old Crow

    Alice Brown

  • Yes, the smudgy places are tears, but only because I am rather weak, and so happy.

    The Upas Tree

    Florence L. Barclay

  • His hand shook as he snatched the smudgy sheets from the negro.

    Out of the Ashes

    Ethel Watts Mumford

  • Her hair was disheveled, her sleeves rolled back, and her face smudged from her smudgy fingers.

  • In the shop the sickly man was studying his smudgy newspaper, now spread out largely on the counter.

    Under Western Eyes

    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for smudgy



smeared, blurred, or soiled, or likely to become so
made deliberately indistinct or cloudysmudgy colours
Derived Formssmudginess, noun
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Word Origin and History for smudgy

"dirty," 1859, from smudge (n.) + -y (2).

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