- a stain, blur, or smear; dirty spot
- a fire made to produce dense smoke
- such smoke produced by burning a material in containers (smudge pots), esp. for driving away insects or protecting plants from frost
Origin of smudgeEarly ModE, probably from the verb
transitive verbsmudged, smudg′ing
- to protect (an orchard, etc.) with smudge
- to make dirty; soil; smutch
Origin of smudgeME smogen, akin to Du smotsen, to besmirch: for IE base see smut
- to blur or smear
- to become smudged
verbsmudged, smudg·ing, smudg·es
- To make dirty, especially in one small area: My shirt was smudged with soot.
- To smear or blur (something): smudged grease on my pants; smudged her makeup.
- To fill (an orchard or an inhabited area) with dense smoke from a smudge pot in order to prevent damage from frost or to repel insects.
- To smear something, such as dirt or soot.
- To become smudged or blurred: Photo negatives smudge easily.
- A blotch or smear.
- A blurry or indistinct part or image: a smudge on the photocopy.
- A smoky fire used to protect against frost or to repel insects.
Origin of smudgeMiddle English smogen
(third-person singular simple present smudges, present participle smudging, simple past and past participle smudged)
From Middle English smogen.