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verb (used with object)
  1. to smudge or soil.
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  1. a smudge or stain.
  2. dirt, grime, or smut.
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Also smooch.

Origin of smutch

1520–30; perhaps < Middle High German smutzen to smear; compare German Schmutz smut
Related formssmutch·less, adjectiveun·smutched, adjective
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Related Words for smutch

smirch, blot, coat, dab, soil, cover, smudge, patch, daub, blotch, blur, splotch, stain, taint, discoloration

British Dictionary definitions for smutch


  1. (tr) to smudge; mark
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  1. a mark; smudge
  2. soot; dirt
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Derived Formssmutchy, adjective

Word Origin for smutch

C16: probably from Middle High German smutzen to soil; see smut
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Word Origin and History for smutch


1610s, variant of smudge (v.). As a noun from 1520s.

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