Main definitions of smudge in English

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smudge1

verb

[with object]
  • 1Cause (something) to become messily smeared by rubbing it.

    ‘she dabbed her eyes, careful not to smudge her make-up’
    • ‘Taking her hand stained with red she smudged blood across both her cheeks.’
    • ‘After applying a light foundation all over the face, smudge a little cream or gel blusher over the cheekbone with a brush or finger.’
    • ‘She wiped her nose and smudged her eye liner and hated herself.’
    • ‘She wiped the tears away, being careful not to smudge the ocher make-up from her eyes, a tip she had taken from the old Egyptians.’
    • ‘Take the crayon and apply color to your eyelid, smudging it in with your finger.’
    streak, mark, dirty, spot, soil, muddy, fleck, speck, blotch, blacken, smear, stripe, dot, blot, blob, daub, bedaub, stain
    smear, streak, blur, mess up
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    1. 1.1no object Become smeared when rubbed.
      ‘mascaras that smudge or flake around the eyes’
      • ‘Her make-up was smudged from last night and her usually clean-cut hair was sticking out every which way.’
      • ‘My hair was loose and flew out in different directions, my makeup was smudged across my eyelids, and I was still dressed in the white halter and jean skirt I had put on yesterday.’
      • ‘Her neutral colored lipstick is smudged at the corner of her lip.’
      • ‘Her mascara was smudged, her lipstick smeared.’
      • ‘His fingers were smudged black with the ink, and he tried wiping them off on his jeans as Ryan came in.’
      • ‘His eye makeup was smudged, the tear lines he drew down his cheeks faded.’
      • ‘The room has no windows, only mirrors, smudged and stained with age.’
      • ‘What windows there were were dirty and smudged.’
      • ‘I knew I must've looked terrible, my mascara smudged, my eyes swollen and red, my nose all runny.’
      • ‘She was crying, shaking violently, her usually perfect makeup smudged, mascara staining her cheeks.’
      • ‘My mother's face was now tear-streaked and her already-done make-up was slightly smudged.’
      • ‘Randilyn's clothes looked very wrinkled, and her makeup was smudged.’
      • ‘To avoid mascara flake-off or smudging on your face, apply a thin cost of mascara to top lashes only.’
      • ‘For the first time in my life, I couldn't care less that my mascara was smudging, or that my eyes would be all red and puffy.’
      • ‘The cup's rim was smudged with red lipstick, and some tea had spilled into the saucer.’
      • ‘She skidded to a stop in front of me, her mascara starting to smudge.’
      • ‘The blood was smudged on his hand as well as the pieces of mirror.’
      • ‘My eyes are very deep-set, and become more so the older I get, so anything that smudges, flakes or clumps drives me mad.’
      • ‘The grass was blackened with soot, and her face smudged with dirt.’
      • ‘If somebody's new shirt was a size too small, or their bright red lipstick was smudged, I wouldn't think twice about making them aware of it.’
      smear, streak, blur, mess up
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    2. 1.2 Make blurred or indistinct.
      ‘the photograph had been smudged by the photocopier and was by no means as clear as the original’
      • ‘The forms smudge and blur, become lost in diffuse clouds of tone; the images are elusive - inviting speculative engagement.’
      • ‘Especially not when they're signed with felt-tip pens, and the booklets are printed on glossy paper, and the ink smudges when you close the booklet.’
      • ‘The unfortunate problem with the pages is that the ink easily smears and smudges.’
      • ‘The ink was smudged and smeared beyond recognition.’

noun

  • 1A blurred or smeared mark on the surface of something.

    ‘a smudge of blood on the floor’
    • ‘A few seconds later, she stood up, a pencil in her mouth and grease smudges on her face.’
    • ‘I looked at my dark brown eyes in the mirror they didn't seem right with out the eyeliner, so I pick up the pencil and put on my normal smudge of black under my eyes.’
    • ‘The counters and the sink were spotless, walls free of smudges, shelves dust-free.’
    • ‘GM chose a dull material for the center stack to reduce glare and prevent fingerprint smudges.’
    • ‘After the prison finally closed, I got the chance to visit and was especially moved by dark smudges on the walls beneath the high, barred windows - the footprints of the prisoners who had clambered up to glimpse the world outside.’
    • ‘Tears streaked down her face, as usual, and she got some eyeliner smudges on her fingers as she tried to wipe them away.’
    • ‘Copper mailboxes can be lacquered with non-tinted gloss to add to the brilliant shine and to protect the mailbox from smudges and smears.’
    • ‘This concentrates dirt on the window and can leave smears and smudges.’
    • ‘Don't do your bottom lashes or you may get not-so-cute smudges.’
    • ‘More than one child was spotted with a smudge of dirt by their lips, munching happily away!’
    • ‘A smudge of blood marked the pure whiteness of the paper and then the force made Kerri write the letter I and then the letter D and then O and she eventually spelt the words I, don't and only.’
    • ‘Second, people would immediately use their shirts to wipe the glossy rear panel, because it was easily covered with fingerprint smudges.’
    • ‘The walls were a crisp, clean white with no smudges or marks anywhere at all and a deep blue carpet covered the floor.’
    • ‘Gray-blue water seems to wash over Flood, where Baerwalde depicts the head of a figure in negative space, a want of color outlined by pale, streaked smudges of paint.’
    • ‘So, Alex came in and helped me clean all of the smudges and smears off (also, my chin, neck, arm).’
    • ‘Sofia now resembled something of a scarecrow, the hems of her dress were muddy and torn, her hat half on half off, and big smudges of coal streaked her cheek.’
    • ‘Sound quality is great, and video smooth (but your fingers may cause smudges on its glossy screen).’
    • ‘After only a few days in my possession, this book already bears the thumb-print smudges and dog-eared pages which denote it as much, much more than the average read.’
    • ‘There's nothing more ageing and unattractive than eyes framed by dark smudges or clogged lashes, so I've asked a couple of top make-up artists to share their secrets with us.’
    • ‘The charcoal smudges on my fingers never come off completely.’
    streak, smear, mark, dirty mark, spot, fleck, speck, stain, blotch, stripe, dot, blot, blob, dab, patch, pop, blur, smut, fingermark
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    1. 1.1 An indistinct or blurred view or image.
      ‘the low smudge of hills on the horizon’
      • ‘The mountain was dark, nothing more than a black smudge on the horizon.’
      • ‘Tori squinted in that direction, and the smudge she saw on the horizon she knew was Bequia.’
      • ‘They both stared out at the harbour on the horizon, a mere smudge of brown and green surrounded by grey, frothy sea.’
      • ‘It was almost dawn, and Scott looked out to the horizon at a smudge of orange that would very soon become the sun.’
      • ‘The sun was sinking below the smudge of distant mountains when Hitze came into view.’
      • ‘The multicolored sky was gone and all that remained were shades of blue and a few wet smudges of clouds.’
      • ‘The patent illustrations are similarly greatly improved, beautiful, with clear lines, and missing the distracting streaks and smudges which are so often found on patent images.’
      • ‘But there was no one around, and the control tower was just a smudge on the horizon.’
      • ‘The lower smudge of light is from the nucleus at the centre of the Andromeda galaxy.’
      • ‘Smoke from the direction of Haweja was a black smudge in the sky.’
      • ‘Suddenly, I spotted a smudge of light blue moving through the trees.’
      • ‘The industrial towns were far away, a smudge of smoke and misery hidden by the curve of the earth's surface.’
      • ‘And then I saw a dark smudge on the horizon, it had to be the sea.’
      • ‘However, Abner did catch sight of a hint of movement on the horizon, a smudge of black, far out across the sea of dunes.’
      • ‘The sun was only a red smudge on the horizon when I arrived.’
      • ‘There was a smudge on the horizon that quickly turned itself into a large, stubby-nosed blue plane, headed right for the castle.’
      • ‘If the little white dot in the middle of a black smudge near Mars' south pole really is Mars Polar Lander, the image represents the first hard forensic evidence for how the spacecraft met its end.’
      • ‘Suddenly there was a promising smudge on the horizon, which quickly resolved itself into a misty outline familiar from many a Turner painting.’
      • ‘The outpost sat on the horizon, a black smudge with streaks of pink and orange in the sky behind it.’
      • ‘There were smudges on the Xeroxes that I assumed were blood on the original.’

Origin

Late Middle English (as a verb in the sense ‘soil, stain’): of unknown origin. The noun dates from the late 18th century.

Pronunciation

smudge

/smʌdʒ/

Main definitions of smudge in English

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smudge2

noun

North American
  • A smoky outdoor fire that is lit to keep off insects or protect plants against frost.

    ‘discussions of the merits of various smudges at keeping bugs at bay’
    • ‘We used more fly dope and fat pork rind to ward off the flies instead of making smudges.’
    • ‘Some lit smudges every day under the house to smoke out mosquitoes.’

Origin

Mid 18th century (in the sense ‘suffocating smoke’): related to obsolete smudge ‘cure herring by smoking’, of obscure origin.

Pronunciation

smudge

/smʌdʒ/