[ smuhch ]
/ smʌtʃ /

verb (used with object)

to smudge or soil.


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

Nearby words

Also smooch.

Origin of smutch

1520–30; perhaps < Middle High German smutzen to smear; compare German Schmutz smut

Related forms

smutch·less, adjectiveun·smutched, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for smutch


/ (smʌtʃ) /


(tr) to smudge; mark


a mark; smudge
soot; dirt

Derived Forms

smutchy, adjective

Word Origin for smutch

C16: probably from Middle High German smutzen to soil; see smut
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012