Definitions for SMEARsmɪər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to spread or daub (an oily, greasy, viscous, or wet substance) on or over something:

    to smear butter on bread.

  2. to spread or daub an oily, greasy, viscous, or wet substance on.

  3. to stain, spot, or make dirty with something oily, greasy, viscous, or wet.

  4. to sully, vilify, or soil (a reputation, good name, etc.).

  5. to smudge or blur, as by rubbing:

    The signature was smeared.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  6. Slang. to defeat decisively; overwhelm.

    Category: Status (usage)

  7. (n.)an oily, greasy, viscous, or wet substance, esp. a dab of such a substance.

  8. a stain, spot, or mark made by such a substance.

  9. a smudge.

  10. vilification; defamation.

  11. something smeared or to be smeared on a thing, as a glaze for pottery.

  12. a small quantity of something spread thinly on a slide for microscopic examination.

Origin of smear:

bef. 900; (v.) ME smeren, smirien to rub with fat, anoint, OE smirian, c. OHG smirwen, ON smyrja, smyrwa


Princeton's WordNet

  1. smear, vilification, malignment(noun)

    slanderous defamation

  2. smear, cytologic smear, cytosmear(noun)

    a thin tissue or blood sample spread on a glass slide and stained for cytologic examination and diagnosis under a microscope

  3. smudge, spot, blot, daub, smear, smirch, slur(noun)

    a blemish made by dirt

    "he had a smudge on his cheek"

  4. blot, smear, smirch, spot, stain(verb)

    an act that brings discredit to the person who does it

    "he made a huge blot on his copybook"

  5. smear(verb)

    stain by smearing or daubing with a dirty substance

  6. smear, blur, smudge, smutch(verb)

    make a smudge on; soil by smudging

  7. daub, smear(verb)

    cover (a surface) by smearing (a substance) over it

    "smear the wall with paint"; "daub the ceiling with plaster"

  8. defame, slander, smirch, asperse, denigrate, calumniate, smear, sully, besmirch(verb)

    charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone

    "The journalists have defamed me!" "The article in the paper sullied my reputation"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. smear(verb)ɪər

    to spread onto a surface

    The baby smeared chocolate all over her face.; their white shirts were smeared with blood

  2. smearɪər

    to try to damage sb's reputation by saying unkind or untrue things

    lies he told to smear his political enemies

  3. smear(noun)ɪər

    a mark on the surface of sth

    a smear of yellow paint

  4. smearɪər

    an attempt to smear sb's reputation

    smear tactics; a smear campaign


  1. smear(Noun)

    A mark made by smearing.

    This detergent cleans windows without leaving smears.

  2. smear(Noun)

    A Pap smear.

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

  3. smear(Noun)

    A false attack.

  4. smear(Verb)

    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.

  5. smear(Verb)

    To have a substance smeared on (a surface).

    She smeared her lips with lipstick.

  6. smear(Verb)

    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.

  7. smear(Verb)

    To become spread by smearing.

    The paint is still wet uE000179230uE001 don't touch it or it will smear.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Smear(noun)

    to overspread with anything unctuous, viscous, or adhesive; to daub; as, to smear anything with oil

  2. Smear(noun)

    to soil in any way; to contaminate; to pollute; to stain morally; as, to be smeared with infamy

  3. Smear(noun)

    a fat, oily substance; oinment

  4. Smear(noun)

    hence, a spot made by, or as by, an unctuous or adhesive substance; a blot or blotch; a daub; a stain

Anagrams of SMEAR

  1. marse

  2. reams

  3. maser

  4. mares

Translations for SMEAR

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a mark made by smearing.

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