verb (used with object)

to smudge or soil.


a smudge or stain.
dirt, grime, or smut.

Also smooch.

Origin of smutch

1520–30; perhaps < Middle High German smutzen to smear; compare German Schmutz smut
Related formssmutch·less, adjectiveun·smutched, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for smutch



(tr) to smudge; mark


a mark; smudge
soot; dirt
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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