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Smurfing is a term that originated with vernacular used by the fictional characters known as The Smurfs. While speaking, Smurfs tend to replace a verb with some form of the word "smurf" (example: "I feel like smurfing some bread," instead of, "I feel like eating some bread").

It may also refer to:

  • Structuring, a practice where transactions such as money transfers or drug purchases are conducted repeatedly in small amounts to avoid suspicion
  • Smurfing in networking, also known as a Smurf attack
  • In online gaming, smurfing has a variety of definitions which generally involve a person using a different name to their usual online handle.
    • One form is when a player of a high skill level will play under another players account, or create a secondary account to appear to be a lower rank or skill level. This is often done to try new tactics and skills without attention if they are a well known player or to avoid impacting on any statistics kept on their main account in a negative fashion because of failure with new tactics.[1]
    • Another is substitution of one player with another while keeping the original players name, often in the context of an online competition where one team is understrength and needs more players adding players by having non-rostered players take the name of an absent rostered player, or where one of the better players in the game is disallowed from a match, a higher skilled player takes the account and name of a lower skilled player in their team.
    • A player who is banned from a game or server by anti-cheat software may create a new 'smurf' account to continue playing.
  • Smurfing is a term law enforcement and illicit drug distributors use to refer to the hiring of individuals to purchase pseudoephedrine. These individuals buy up to the limit permitted by law (typically a monthly limit, as in the United States) in order to avoid arousing suspicion, but then pool their purchases in order to exceed the legal limit. This is done in order to facilitate the manufacture of illicit drugs such as methamphetamine.[2]

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  1. ^ Zach Betka. "Lol noob, do you even know where video game terms come from?". GamesRadar. Retrieved December 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Tennessee losing war on meth". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2013-03-27.