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smudge (smŭj)
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v. smudged, smudg·ing, smudg·es
v.tr.
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.
v.intr.
1. To smear something, such as dirt or soot.
2. To become smudged or blurred: Photo negatives smudge easily.
n.
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.]

smudgi·ly adv.
smudgi·ness n.
smudgy adj.

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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices

    Thousands of entries in the dictionary include etymologies that trace their origins back to reconstructed proto-languages. You can obtain more information about these forms in our online appendices:

    Indo-European Roots

    Semitic Roots

    The Indo-European appendix covers nearly half of the Indo-European roots that have left their mark on English words. A more complete treatment of Indo-European roots and the English words derived from them is available in our Dictionary of Indo-European Roots.

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