- 1[transitive, intransitive] smudge (something) to touch or rub something, especially wet ink or paint, so that it is no longer clear; to become not clear in this way He had smudged his signature with his sleeve. Tears had smudged her mascara. Her lipstick had smudged. See related entries: Artwork and techniques, Art equipment
- 2[transitive] smudge something to make a dirty mark on a surface synonym smear The mirror was smudged with fingerprints. Word Origin late Middle English (as a verb in the sense ‘soil, stain’): of unknown origin. The noun dates from the late 18th cent.
BrE BrE//smʌdʒ//; NAmE NAmE//smʌdʒ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they smudge
BrE BrE//smʌdʒ//; NAmE NAmE//smʌdʒ//he / she / it smudges
BrE BrE//ˈsmʌdʒɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsmʌdʒɪz//past simple smudged
BrE BrE//smʌdʒd//; NAmE NAmE//smʌdʒd//past participle smudged
BrE BrE//smʌdʒd//; NAmE NAmE//smʌdʒd//-ing form smudging
BrE BrE//ˈsmʌdʒɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsmʌdʒɪŋ//Artwork and techniques, Art equipment