- 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: Middle 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
- 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: ME smere < OE smeoru, grease
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verb smeared, smear·ing, smears verb, transitive
- a. To spread or daub with a sticky, greasy, or dirty substance.b. To apply by spreading or daubing: smeared suntan lotion on my face and arms.
- To stain by or as if by spreading or daubing with a sticky, greasy, or dirty substance.
- To stain or attempt to destroy the reputation of; vilify: political enemies who smeared his name.
- Slang To defeat utterly; smash.
- 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: Middle English smeren, to anoint, from Old English smerian.
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