v. smudged, smudg·ing, smudg·es
1. To make dirty, especially in one small area: My shirt was smudged with soot.
2. To smear or blur (something): smudged grease on my pants; smudged her makeup.
3. 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.
1. To smear something, such as dirt or soot.
2. To become smudged or blurred: Photo negatives smudge easily.
1. A blotch or smear.
2. A blurry or indistinct part or image: a smudge on the photocopy.
3. A smoky fire used to protect against frost or to repel insects.
[Middle English smogen.]
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