smutch

[ smuhch ]
/ smʌtʃ /

verb (used with object)

to smudge or soil.

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. smugly,
  2. smur,
  3. smurfing,
  4. smush,
  5. smut,
  6. smutchy,
  7. smuts,
  8. smuts, jan christiaan,
  9. smutty,
  10. smv

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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British Dictionary definitions for smutch

smutch

/ (smʌtʃ) /

verb

(tr) to smudge; mark

noun

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

smutch

v.

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

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