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smudgy

[smuhj-ee] /ˈsmʌdʒ i/
adjective, smudgier, smudgiest.
1.
marked with smudges; smeared; smeary.
2.
emitting a stifling smoke; smoky.
3.
British Dialect. humid; sweltering; sultry.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; smudge + -y1
Related forms
smudgily, adverb
smudginess, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for smudgy

smudgy

/smʌdʒɪ/
adjective
1.
smeared, blurred, or soiled, or likely to become so
2.
made deliberately indistinct or cloudy: smudgy colours
Derived Forms
smudginess, noun
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Word Origin and History for smudgy
adj.

"dirty," 1859, from smudge (n.) + -y (2).

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