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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 of smudgy
1840-1850
1840-50; smudge + -y1
Related forms
smudgily, adverb
smudginess, noun
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Examples from the Web for smudgy
Historical Examples
  • Nan never liked people to be dull and smudgy with disorderly moods.

    Old Crow Alice Brown
  • His hand shook as he snatched the smudgy sheets from the negro.

    Out of the Ashes Ethel Watts Mumford
  • The officially registered impression affords clear lineations, but that on the bit of glass panel is muddled and smudgy.

    Dactylography Henry Faulds
  • With a stereotype, the liability of smudgy printing is greatly enhanced.

  • But Mr. Peagrum was quite unperturbed; if anything, his smudgy features wore a look of sombre complacency as he came towards them.

    The Talking Horse F. Anstey
  • I am smudgy, and also very hungry, and it is almost seven oclock, Marjorie warned.

  • Can these smudgy, dirty, evil-smelling creatures compose the dominant race?

    Essays in Rebellion Henry W. Nevinson
  • In the shop the sickly man was studying his smudgy newspaper, now spread out largely on the counter.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • The smudgy mass of pigment begins to wash away and the picture gradually appears.

  • Neither of them had any fear of dirt, and Fan had grown up not merely unkempt, but smudgy.

    They of the High Trails Hamlin Garland
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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