Meaning of “smudge” in the English Dictionary

"smudge" in British English

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smudgenoun [ C ]

uk /smʌdʒ/ 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 /ˈsmʌdʒ.i/ us /ˈsmʌdʒ.i/

smudgeverb [ I or T ]

uk /smʌdʒ/ us /smʌdʒ/
smudging
noun [ U ] uk /ˈsmʌdʒ.ɪŋ/ us /ˈsmʌdʒ.ɪŋ/

(Definition of “smudge” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"smudge" in American English

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smudgenoun [ C ]

us /smʌdʒ/

a mark left on a surface, usually unintentionally, from having touched something wet or sticky:

Trev wiped a smudge of chocolate from the side of his mouth.

smudgeverb [ T ]

us /smʌdʒ/

to make a dirty, wet, or sticky mark on a surface:

She was sweaty and her face was smudged with dirt.

If you smudge something that is neat, you make it messy:

She draws a line and then smudges it with her finger.

(Definition of “smudge” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)