Smear Definition

smeared, smearing, smears
smeared, smearing, smears
To cover, daub, or soil with something greasy, sticky, or dirty.
Webster's New World
To be or become smeared.
Webster's New World
To apply or daub.
Webster's New World
To cause to be blurry or spread in unwanted places.
The ink on the poster was smeared.
American Heritage

To apply (a spread) to, so as to leave a coating, mark, etc.

Webster's New World
A spot or mark made by smearing.
Webster's New World
A small quantity of some substance, as blood, smeared on a slide for microscopic study, etc.
Webster's New World
The act or an instance of smearing, or slandering, someone.
Webster's New World
A substance to be smeared on something.
Webster's New World
Webster's New World

Origin of Smear

  • From Old English smerian, smierwan (“to anoint or rub with grease, oil, etc."), from Proto-Germanic *smerwjÄ…. Compare German schmieren.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English smeren to anoint from Old English smerian

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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