- to cover, daub, or soil with something greasy, sticky, or dirty
- to apply or daub
- to apply (a spread, noun) to, so as to leave a coating, mark, etc.
- to make an unwanted mark or streak on, or to obscure, by rubbing: to smear a fresh signature
- to make a smear with: to smear one's hand across a surface
- to harm the reputation of; malign; slander
- Slang to overwhelm or defeat decisively
Origin of smearMiddle English smerien from Old English smerian, to anoint, akin to German schmieren from Indo-European base an unverified form smeru-, grease from source Old Irish smir, marrow and (prob.) Classical Latin medulla, marrow
- a spot or mark made by smearing
- a small quantity of some substance, as blood, smeared on a slide for microscopic study, etc.
- the act or an instance of smearing, or slandering, someone
- Obs. ointment
- a substance to be smeared on something
Origin of smearME smere < OE smeoru, grease