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smudge

noun [C] uk   us   /smʌdʒ/
a mark with no particular shape that is caused, usually by accident, by rubbing something such as ink or a dirty finger across a surface: Her hands were covered in dust and she had a black smudge on her nose.figurative She said we were nearly there, but the island was still no more than a distant smudge on the horizon.
smudgy
adjective uk   us   /ˈsmʌdʒ.i/

smudge

verb [I or T] uk   us   /smʌdʒ/
If ink, paint, etc. smudges or if someone smudges it, it becomes dirty or not clear because someone or something has touched it: She was crying and her mascara had smudged.
smudging
noun [U] uk   us   /ˈsmʌdʒ.ɪŋ/
Translations of “smudge”
in Arabic لَطْخة, بُقْعة…
in Korean 자국, 얼룩…
in Malaysian kesan kotor…
in French tache, traînée…
in Turkish pis leke, sıvanmış leke…
in Italian sbaffo, sbavatura…
in Chinese (Traditional) (擦拭後留下的)汙跡,污痕…
in Russian пятно, клякса…
in Polish maz, smuga…
in Vietnamese vết bẩn, vết ố…
in Spanish mancha, borrón…
in Portuguese borrão, mancha…
in Thai รอยเปื้อน…
in German der Klecks…
in Catalan esborrall, taca…
in Japanese しみ, 汚れ…
in Indonesian lumaran…
in Chinese (Simplified) (擦拭后留下的)污迹,污痕…
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