• WordNet 3.6
    • adj smudgy smeared with something that soils or stains; these words are often used in combination "oil-smeared work clothes","hostile faces smirched by the grime and rust"- Henry Roth","ink-smudged fingers"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • smudgy Stained or blackened with smudge; smeared: as, a smudgy shop.
    • smudgy Making a smudge or dense smoke: as, a smudgy fire.
    • smudgy Stifling; close.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Smudgy stained with smoke
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand., Sw. smuts, dirt, Dan. smuds, smut; Ger. schmutz.


In literature:

Sagorski is a smudgy page, Jerry.
"Paradise Garden" by George Gibbs
It was a half-hearted, smudgy, cheerless fire.
"The River and I" by John G. Neihardt
Miss Etta lit a smudgy lamp, sniffling as she did so.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
But he is a charming old fellow all the same, and the only one of the lot who has not grown the least bit smudgy.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume IV. (of X.)" by Various
He had a smudgy, stubby little nose.
"Skippy Bedelle" by Owen Johnson
The first copy was legible but smudgy.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
Neither of them had any fear of dirt, and Fan had grown up not merely unkempt, but smudgy.
"They of the High Trails" by Hamlin Garland
All about dirty, smudgy people that you couldn't forget and who kept springing out on you in the most unexpected places.
"At the Crossroads" by Harriet T. Comstock
Nan never liked people to be dull and smudgy with disorderly moods.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
The east was a little smudgy because night was approaching.
"Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal" by Robert Sydney Bowen

In news:

Easter is always the time I get lots of frilly, child-sized dresses with smudgy pastel stains on their sleeves and bodices, which I can only assume resulted from these girls dying eggs or eating dyed eggs in their Sunday best.
If deep black is too harsh, try smudgy grey like the Dolce & Gabbana Crayon Intense in Agave ($29.
Have you ever seen the edges of very thin clouds look like oil on water, like the inside of a sea shell, like a smudgy rainbow.
Gottlieb's interior is a museum of smudgy '50s-style Formica, green Naugahyde, and the kind of high counters that made you feel smaller as a kid.
And very, very cool they looked—thanks to their smudgy black shadow and I-went-clubbing-last-night tousled hair.
Nothing against the smoky eye or anything, but sometimes we just crave something a little different (plus, all it takes is one accidental raccoon-eye incident for things to go from sexy to way too smudgy really fast).
A sign identifies it as Dino's Steakhouse & Family Restaurant, but its smudgy windows and shadowy interior show it has long been abandoned.
When it comes to smudgy fingerprints, the tests showed all the cleaners do a good job removing them.