Main definitions of smudge in English

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smudge1

verb

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

    ‘she dabbed her eyes, careful not to smudge her make-up’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She wiped her nose and smudged her eye liner and hated herself.’
    • ‘After applying a light foundation all over the face, smudge a little cream or gel blusher over the cheekbone with a brush or finger.’
    • ‘Taking her hand stained with red she smudged blood across both her cheeks.’
    • ‘Take the crayon and apply color to your eyelid, smudging it in with your finger.’
    smear, streak, blur, mess up
    streak, mark, dirty, spot, soil, muddy, fleck, speck, blotch, blacken, smear, stripe, dot, blot, blob, daub, bedaub, stain
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    1. 1.1[no object]Become smeared when rubbed.
      ‘mascaras that smudge or flake around the eyes’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The grass was blackened with soot, and her face smudged with dirt.’
      • ‘I knew I must've looked terrible, my mascara smudged, my eyes swollen and red, my nose all runny.’
      • ‘The blood was smudged on his hand as well as the pieces of mirror.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She was crying, shaking violently, her usually perfect makeup smudged, mascara staining her cheeks.’
      • ‘Her neutral colored lipstick is smudged at the corner of her lip.’
      • ‘What windows there were were dirty and smudged.’
      • ‘The room has no windows, only mirrors, smudged and stained with age.’
      • ‘Her mascara was smudged, her lipstick smeared.’
      • ‘The cup's rim was smudged with red lipstick, and some tea had spilled into the saucer.’
      • ‘To avoid mascara flake-off or smudging on your face, apply a thin cost of mascara to top lashes only.’
      • ‘Her make-up was smudged from last night and her usually clean-cut hair was sticking out every which way.’
      • ‘His fingers were smudged black with the ink, and he tried wiping them off on his jeans as Ryan came in.’
      • ‘My mother's face was now tear-streaked and her already-done make-up was slightly smudged.’
      • ‘She skidded to a stop in front of me, her mascara starting to smudge.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘My eyes are very deep-set, and become more so the older I get, so anything that smudges, flakes or clumps drives me mad.’
      • ‘His eye makeup was smudged, the tear lines he drew down his cheeks faded.’
      • ‘Randilyn's clothes looked very wrinkled, and her makeup was smudged.’
    2. 1.2Make blurred or indistinct.
      ‘the photograph had been smudged by the photocopier and was by no means as clear as the original’
      • ‘The unfortunate problem with the pages is that the ink easily smears and smudges.’
      • ‘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 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’
    • ‘The walls were a crisp, clean white with no smudges or marks anywhere at all and a deep blue carpet covered the floor.’
    • ‘Copper mailboxes can be lacquered with non-tinted gloss to add to the brilliant shine and to protect the mailbox from smudges and smears.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘More than one child was spotted with a smudge of dirt by their lips, munching happily away!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The charcoal smudges on my fingers never come off completely.’
    • ‘The counters and the sink were spotless, walls free of smudges, shelves dust-free.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Don't do your bottom lashes or you may get not-so-cute smudges.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sound quality is great, and video smooth (but your fingers may cause smudges on its glossy screen).’
    • ‘Tears streaked down her face, as usual, and she got some eyeliner smudges on her fingers as she tried to wipe them away.’
    • ‘A few seconds later, she stood up, a pencil in her mouth and grease smudges on her face.’
    • ‘Second, people would immediately use their shirts to wipe the glossy rear panel, because it was easily covered with 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.’
    • ‘This concentrates dirt on the window and can leave smears and smudges.’
    • ‘GM chose a dull material for the center stack to reduce glare and prevent fingerprint smudges.’
    streak, smear, mark, dirty mark, spot, fleck, speck, stain, blotch, stripe, dot, blot, blob, dab, patch, pop, blur, smut, fingermark
    splotch, splodge
    smirch
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    1. 1.1An indistinct or blurred view or image.
      ‘the low smudge of hills on the horizon’
      • ‘And then I saw a dark smudge on the horizon, it had to be the sea.’
      • ‘The outpost sat on the horizon, a black smudge with streaks of pink and orange in the sky behind it.’
      • ‘But there was no one around, and the control tower was just a smudge on the horizon.’
      • ‘Tori squinted in that direction, and the smudge she saw on the horizon she knew was Bequia.’
      • ‘The sun was sinking below the smudge of distant mountains when Hitze came into view.’
      • ‘The industrial towns were far away, a smudge of smoke and misery hidden by the curve of the earth's surface.’
      • ‘However, Abner did catch sight of a hint of movement on the horizon, a smudge of black, far out across the sea of dunes.’
      • ‘Smoke from the direction of Haweja was a black smudge in the sky.’
      • ‘There were smudges on the Xeroxes that I assumed were blood on the original.’
      • ‘The sun was only a red smudge on the horizon when I arrived.’
      • ‘The lower smudge of light is from the nucleus at the centre of the Andromeda galaxy.’
      • ‘Suddenly there was a promising smudge on the horizon, which quickly resolved itself into a misty outline familiar from many a Turner painting.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was almost dawn, and Scott looked out to the horizon at a smudge of orange that would very soon become the sun.’
      • ‘Suddenly, I spotted a smudge of light blue moving through the trees.’
      • ‘The mountain was dark, nothing more than a black smudge on the horizon.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They both stared out at the harbour on the horizon, a mere smudge of brown and green surrounded by grey, frothy sea.’
      • ‘The multicolored sky was gone and all that remained were shades of blue and a few wet smudges of clouds.’
      • ‘There was a smudge on the horizon that quickly turned itself into a large, stubby-nosed blue plane, headed right for the castle.’

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/