To smudge something is to make it dirty or smear it with something. You might smudge ink or paint on a piece of paper.

  • He smudged his makeup all over his face.

  • She smudged food all over her plate.

Definition of smudge


make a smudge on; soil by smudging


blur, smear, smutch


a blemish made by dirt


blot, daub, slur, smear, smirch, spot


a smoky fire to drive away insects

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Example Sentences for smudge

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    It's the smudge and blur effect in Photoshop.

  • 2

    The art work was done by smudge.

  • 3

    I found a smudge on my shirt.

  • 4

    The end result is a smudge of paint on the canvas.

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    Note that the smudge in the upper right of the disc is a fingermark.

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    The tale mentions there is a smudge around the glowing fire.

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    Another feature of pitch missing from this is the smudge bid.

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    Her lipstick and rouge looked freshly applied, not at all smudged.

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    Mugwort amongst other herbs were often bound into smudge sticks.

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    Our smudge and blear and soil, he proposes, do not efface the glory.