When you smudge something, you smear or blur it in a messy way. If you smudge your sister's drawing after she worked so hard on it, she'll be furious.

You might smudge dirt across your face when you wipe your nose after digging in the garden—and the dirty mark itself can also be called a smudge. Another kind of smudge is a smoky fire that can be used for several purposes: to disguise your location, to keep outdoor plants or trees warm, or to repel insects. The container in which a smudge is built is called a smudge pot.

Definitions of smudge
  1. verb
    make a smudge on; soil by smudging
    synonyms: blur, smear, smutch
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    smudge again
    rub the dust over a surface so as to blur the outlines of a shape
    type of:
    move over something with pressure
  2. noun
    a blemish made by dirt
    “he had a smudge on his cheek”
    synonyms: blot, daub, slur, smear, smirch, spot
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    blotch, splodge, splotch
    an irregularly shaped spot
    fingermark, fingerprint
    a smudge made by a (dirty) finger
    a blot made with ink
    type of:
    blemish, defect, mar
    a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)
  3. noun
    a smoky fire to drive away insects
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    type of:
    the event of something burning (often destructive)
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