Smear meaning

smîr
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.

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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.

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To stain or attempt to destroy the reputation of; vilify.

Political enemies who smeared his name.

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A sample, as of blood or bacterial cells, spread on a slide for microscopic examination or on the surface of a culture medium.
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To defeat utterly.
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To spread easily in an undesired way.

This mascara smears when it gets wet.

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A mark made by smearing; a spot or blot.
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A substance to be spread on a surface.
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To cover, daub, or soil with something greasy, sticky, or dirty.
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To make an unwanted mark or streak on, or to obscure, by rubbing.

To smear a fresh signature.

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To make a smear with.

To smear one's hand across a surface.

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To harm the reputation of; malign; slander.
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To overwhelm or defeat decisively.
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To be or become smeared.
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A spot or mark made by smearing.
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A small quantity of some substance, as blood, smeared on a slide for microscopic study, etc.
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The act or an instance of smearing, or slandering, someone.
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A sample, as of blood or bacterial cells, spread on a slide for microscopic examination or on the surface of a culture medium.
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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.

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To have a substance smeared on (a surface).

She smeared her lips with lipstick.

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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.

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(intransitive) To become spread by smearing.

The paint is still wet "” don't touch it or it will smear.

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A mark made by smearing.

This detergent cleans windows without leaving smears.

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(medicine) A Pap smear.

I'm going to the doctor's this afternoon for a smear.

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A false attack.
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Origin of smear

  • Middle English smeren to anoint from Old English smerian
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old English smerian, smierwan (“to anoint or rub with grease, oil, etc."), from Proto-Germanic *smerwjÄ…. Compare German schmieren.
    From Wiktionary