To sully or dishonor (a reputation, good name, etc.)
To soil, stain, or dirty with or as if with a smearing agent.
To dishonor; defame.
Something, such as a blot, smear, or stain, that smirches.
To make dirty or discolor as by smearing or staining with grime.
A smudge; smear; stain.
A stain on a reputation, etc.
(of a reputation) Stain.
Origin of smirch
- Middle English smorchen
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- A chirp of radiation power from an astronomical body that has a smeared appearance om its plot in the time-frequency plane (usually associated with massive bodies orbiting supermassive black holes)
- Attested since the 15th Century CE; possibly from Old French esmorcher (“to torture"), from Latin morsus (“bitten").