smouch

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

smouch (plural smouches)

  1. A smutch; a stain or smudge.
    • 1866, Henry Ward Beecher, 595 Pulpit Pungencies, page 263,
      Suppose an artist, after having completed such a picture, in a moment of intoxication, goes into his studio, takes his brush, dips it into black paint, and applies it thereto. Only one smouch and the work of months is destroyed!
    • 1896, Cairns Collection of American Women Writers, Harper's new monthly magazine, Volume 93, page 618,
      [] and on her breast a baby, wet as she, smiling and cooing, but with a great crimson smouch on its tiny shoulder.
  2. (US) A loud kiss, a smooch.

Verb[edit]

smouch (third-person singular simple present smouches, present participle smouching, simple past and past participle smouched)

  1. To stain or smudge, to smutch.
  2. (US) To kiss loudly or closely.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of P. Stubbes to this entry?)
  3. To take dishonestly or unfairly, to steal from or cheat out of.