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  • adj. Blurred, sort of smudged.
  • adj. Like a thick smoke (such as is emitted by a smudge pot).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Stained or blackened with smudge; smeared: as, a smudgy shop.
  • Making a smudge or dense smoke: as, a smudgy fire.
  • Stifling; close.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. smeared with something that soils or stains; these words are often used in combination


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smudge +‎ -y


  • The screen can get kind of smudgy after it has been pressed against your face but that's why they've given you headphones with a mic.

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  • Allan kind of smudgy & out of focus because its real old.


  • When I was a beginner in portrait-painting, I remember that, after I had succeeded in making my background stay back where it belonged, my figure sometimes had a way of clinging to it in a kind of smudgy weakness, as if it were afraid to come out like a man and stand the inspection of my eye.

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  • The older drawing shows text "smudgy", while the same piece of text inserted into a "fresh" drawing made from the acad. dwt shows the text much clearer.

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  • Her hair was a tangled mess, her Cleopatra-style eye make-up had gone smudgy.

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  • The cameras are often not maintained as well as they should be, or at all, and even when they're functioning smoothly the images they're transmitting can be pretty smudgy.

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  • I take it that alcaucil means “artichoke” (or “pimp”!), but to me it looks smokey and smudgy and ashen — like something from a chimney.


  • Time is out of joint in his smudgy, shadowy drawings, where motifs or characters pop up willy-nilly in unexpected eras and places.

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  • To me the Lumi looked like smudgy blobs and that was that.

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  • Speaking as somebody who really, really loves make-up – all of it, from the grimace of a meat-red lipstick to the story told by a smudgy eye that shows someone's been crying – false eyelashes make me uneasy.

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