What does smear mean?

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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"


  1. Smear(v. t.)

    To smudge, blur, or render indistinct (writing, pictures, etc.).

  2. Smear(v. t.)

    to vilify (a person); to damage (a person's reputation), especially falsely or by unfair innuendo, and with malicious intent.

  3. Origin: [OE. smeren, smerien, AS. smierwan, smyrwan, fr. smeoru fat, grease; akin to D. smeren, OHG. smirwen, G. schmieren, Icel. smyrja to anoint. See Smear, n.]


  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

  5. Origin: [OE. smeren, smerien, AS. smierwan, smyrwan, fr. smeoru fat, grease; akin to D. smeren, OHG. smirwen, G. schmieren, Icel. smyrja to anoint. See Smear, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Smear

    smēr, v.t. to overspread with anything sticky or oily, as grease: to daub.—n. Smear′iness.—adj. Smear′y, sticky: showing smears. [A.S. smeru, fat, grease; Ger. schmeer, grease, Ice. smjör, butter.]

Anagrams for smear »

  1. marse

  2. reams

  3. maser

  4. mares

How to pronounce smear?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of smear in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of smear in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of smear in a Sentence

  1. Carolyn McNeice:

    Their closing is just another attempt to smear Ms. Driscoll.

  2. Patton Oswalt:

    This is one of the LESS disgusting tweets from Mike Cernovich, the dude who, after running a Gamergate-style smear campaign, just got James Gunn fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3..

  3. John Kelly:

    This is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration's many successes.

  4. No Planned Parenthood staff:

    This entire smear campaign is a fraud built on illegal acts and a web of lies.

  5. Thursday Browder:

    Natalia engaged Glenn Simpson and Fusion GPS in order to run an anti-Magnitsky Act smear campaign in Washington D.C. which was funded by sources connected to the Russian government.

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