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Smutch \Smutch\, n. [Prob. for smuts. See Smut, n.] A stain; a dirty spot.
--B. Jonson.


Smutch \Smutch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Smutched; p. pr. & vb. n. Smutching.] To blacken with smoke, soot, or coal. [Written also smooch.]
--B. Jonson.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1610s, variant of smudge (v.). As a noun from 1520s.


n. A stain, smudge or blot vb. To soil, stain or smudge


v. make a smudge on; soil by smudging [syn: smear, blur, smudge]

Usage examples of "smutch".

Those counter-changed tabbies in the air, The sun once set, all of one colour are: So, when death comes, fresh tinctures lose their place, And dismal darkness then doth smutch the face.

I took the glass from him and, examining it with the utmost care, I detected a smutch of yellowish paint upon it, nothing more.

It is also the thumb that made this paint smutch upon this slip of glass.

At seventy-five hundred feet as a starting place, and with a full load, we did a lot of clawing before we finally came up out of the last of the bright morning smutch and made a long slow turn.

And the wind had also whipped all the urban smutch out to sea, all the stink of diesel, gasoline, chemicals and garbage fires, leaving a sky so blue it was like the sky of childhood.

The house had been primed that day and there were two smutches of paint upon the glass and two almost identical smutches upon the sill.

Its glow revealed smutches of darkness on the stairs, on the wall, and on the railing.

Holding the stone up, she could see more smutches along the hall that led to the rear of the building on the ground floor.

He was in hurried conference with a man in Whitethorn colors and a woman who bore the smears and smutches of a cook.

Sweating, covered with smutches from the dusty catacombs, Kel made her way up to the ground floor again.

Minalde stepped forward quickly, holding out her hand, heedless of the dust that daubed the hems of her faded peasant skirt and liberally smutched the baby Prince in her arms.

The bright colors of their festival costumes, red and yellow, blue and white and green, were dulled and smutched a bit by the smokes and fires that had plagued the city daily.

The mother for a few moments looked at the snow through their eyes and the earth had not smutched it.

She drew on her pipe and cocked her feet back on their heels so that her smutched soles took the full benefit of the fire.

Someone with an inventive turn of mind had rigged a gadget, powered by a float bobbing in the water, which at irregular intervals jerked a clanging sheet of metal against the main boiler to discourage fishingbirds from perching there and smutching the reflectors with their droppings.