smudge

[smuhj]
noun
1.
a dirty mark or smear.
2.
a smeary state.
3.
a stifling smoke.
4.
a smoky fire, especially one made for driving away mosquitoes or safeguarding fruit trees from frost.
verb (used with object), smudged, smudging.
5.
to mark with dirty streaks or smears.
6.
to fill with smudge, as to drive away insects or protect fruit trees from frost.
verb (used without object), smudged, smudging.
7.
to form a smudge on something.
8.
to become smudged: White shoes smudge easily.
9.
to smolder or smoke; emit smoke, as a smudge pot.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English smogen (v.) < ?

smudgedly, adverb
smudgeless, adjective
unsmudged, adjective
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smudge (smʌdʒ)
 
vb
1.  to smear, blur, or soil or cause to do so
2.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) (tr) to fill (an area) with smoke in order to drive insects away or guard against frost
 
n
3.  a smear or dirty mark
4.  a blurred form or area: that smudge in the distance is a quarry
5.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) a smoky fire for driving insects away or protecting fruit trees or plants from frost
 
[C15: of uncertain origin]
 
'smudgeless
 
adj
 
'smudgily
 
adv
 
'smudgedly
 
adv

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smudge
c.1430, smogen "to soil, stain, blacken," of obscure origin. The noun is first attested 1768, from the verb.
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Example sentences
The big smudge in the middle is a powerful storm swirling on the planet.
He found that it must be comfortable in the hand and should not smudge.
Entire batches can be ruined with a big smudge or rain drops.
In the canyons below, the forest flattened into a gray smudge.
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