Definition of smudge verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    smudge

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
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  1. 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. 2[transitive] smudge something to make a dirty mark on a surface synonym smear The mirror was smudged with fingerprints.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (as a verb in the sense ‘soil, stain’): of unknown origin. The noun dates from the late 18th cent.
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