What does smear mean?

Definitions for smear
smɪərsmear

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word smear.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. smear, vilification, malignmentnoun

    slanderous defamation

  2. smear, cytologic smear, cytosmearnoun

    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, slurnoun

    a blemish made by dirt

    "he had a smudge on his cheek"

  4. blot, smear, smirch, spot, stainverb

    an act that brings discredit to the person who does it

    "he made a huge blot on his copybook"

  5. smearverb

    stain by smearing or daubing with a dirty substance

  6. smear, blur, smudge, smutchverb

    make a smudge on; soil by smudging

  7. daub, smearverb

    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, besmirchverb

    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"

GCIDE

  1. Smearverb

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Smearverb

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

    Etymology: [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.]

Wiktionary

  1. smearnoun

    A mark made by smearing.

    This detergent cleans windows without leaving smears.

  2. smearnoun

    A Pap smear.

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

  3. smearnoun

    A false attack.

  4. smearverb

    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. smearverb

    To have a substance smeared on (a surface).

    She smeared her lips with lipstick.

  6. smearverb

    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. smearverb

    To become spread by smearing.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Smearnoun

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Smearnoun

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Smearnoun

    a fat, oily substance; oinment

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. Smearnoun

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

    Etymology: [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

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Numerology

  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. Nancy Pelosi:

    You demonize...we call it the wrap-up smear, you smear somebody with falsehoods and all the rest, and then you merchandise it and then you write it and say, See, it's reported in the press that this, this, and this... so they have that validation that the press reported the smear and then it's called a wrap-up-smear and the merchandise is the press' report on the smear we made. It's a tactic, and it's self-evident.

  2. Kirstie Wilson:

    I was bleeding in between periods and I was in agony but doctors diagnosed me with thrush and growing pains, it took me four months of going back and forth to my GP (general practitioner) before I was given a [Pap] smear test.

  3. Eddie Gallagher:

    My first reaction to seeing the videos was surprise and disgust that they would make up blatant lies about me, but I quickly realized that they were scared that the truth would come out of how cowardly they acted on deployment, i felt sorry for them that they thought it necessary to smear my name, but they never realized what the consequences of their lies would be. As upset as I was, the videos also gave me confidence because I knew that their lies would never hold up under real questioning and the jury would see through it. Their lies and( Naval Criminal Investigative Service's) refusal to ask hard questions or corroborate their stories strengthened my resolve to go to trial and clear my name.

  4. John Kelly:

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

  5. No Planned Parenthood staff:

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

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    a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect
    • A. affront
    • B. elaborate
    • C. abide
    • D. abduct

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