- The definition of a smear is a dirty marking, messy stain or a smudge, or the act of saying or doing something to harm someone's reputation.
- An example of a smear is a spot of grape jelly on a shirt.
- An example of a smear is to tell the media that a public official is taking bribes.
- Smear is defined as to cover or mark with something dirty or messy, or to harm the reputation of a person.
- An example of smear is to rub peanut butter all over the face.
- An example of smear is to say something uncomplimentary about someone that will hurt their reputation.
- to cover, daub, or soil with something greasy, sticky, or dirty
- to apply or daub (something greasy, sticky, or dirty) so as to leave a coating, mark, etc.
- to make an unwanted mark or streak on, or to obscure, by rubbing: to smear a wet 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 amp; (prob.) Classical Latin medulla, marrow
to be or become smeared
- 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
- Obsolete ointment
- a substance to be smeared on something
Origin of smearME smere < OE smeoru, grease
verbsmeared, smear·ing, smears
- a. To spread or daub (a surface, for example) with a sticky, greasy, or dirty substance.b. To apply by spreading or daubing: smeared suntan lotion on my face and arms.c. To cause to be blurry or spread in unwanted places: The ink on the poster was smeared.
- To stain or attempt to destroy the reputation of; vilify: political enemies who smeared his name.
- Slang To defeat utterly.
To spread easily in an undesired way: This mascara smears when it gets wet.
- A mark made by smearing; a spot or blot.
- A substance to be spread on a surface.
- Biology A sample, as of blood or bacterial cells, spread on a slide for microscopic examination or on the surface of a culture medium.
- a. Vilification or slander.b. A vilifying or slanderous remark.
Origin of smearMiddle English smeren, to anoint, from Old English smerian.
(third-person singular simple present smears, present participle smearing, simple past and past participle smeared)
- To spread (a substance, especially one that colours or is dirty) across a surface by rubbing.
- The artist smeared paint over the canvas in broad strokes.
- To have a substance smeared on (a surface).
- She smeared her lips with lipstick.
- To damage someone's reputation by slandering, misrepresenting, or otherwise making false accusations about an individual, their statements, or their actions.
- The opposition party attempted to smear the candidate by spreading incorrect and unverifiable rumors about their personal behavior.
- (intransitive) To become spread by smearing.
- The paint is still wet — don't touch it or it will smear.