Definitions for: Smear


[n] an act that brings discredit to the person who does it; "he made a huge blot on his copybook"
[n] a blemish made by dirt; "he had a smudge on his cheek"
[n] a thin tissue or blood sample spread on a glass slide and stained for cytologic examination and diagnosis under a microscope
[n] slanderous defamation
[v] 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"
[v] cover (a surface) by smearing (a substance) over it; "smear the wall with paint"; "daub the ceiling with plaster"
[v] spread or daub over
[v] make a smudge on; soil by smudging
[v] stain by smearing or daubing with a dirty substance



Webster (1913) Definition: Smear (sm[=e]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Smeared
(sm[=e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. Smearing.] [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. To overspread with anything unctuous, viscous, or
adhesive; to daub; as, to smear anything with oil. ``Smear
the sleepy grooms with blood.'' --Shak.

2. To soil in any way; to contaminate; to pollute; to stain
morally; as, to be smeared with infamy. --Shak.


Smear, n. [OE. smere,. smeoru fat, grease; akin to D.
smeer, G. schmeer, OHG. smero, Icel. smj["o]r, Sw. & Dan.
sm["o]r butter, Goth. sma['i]r[thorn]r fatness, smarna dung;
cf. Lith. smarsas fat. Cf. Smirch.]
1. A fat, oily substance; oinment. --Johnson.

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

Slow broke the morn, All damp and rolling vapor,
with no sun, But in its place a moving smear of
light. --Alexander
Smith.

Synonyms: asperse, bedaub, besmear, besmirch, blot, blot, blur, calumniate, cytologic smear, cytosmear, daub, daub, defame, denigrate, malignment, slander, slur, smirch, smirch, smirch, smudge, smudge, smutch, spot, spot, stain, sully, vilification

See Also: accuse, alimentary tract smear, assassinate, badmouth, begrime, bemire, besmirch, blemish, blood, blotch, bronchoscopic smear, calumny, cervical smear, charge, colly, cover, cytologic specimen, defamation, defect, dirty, drag through the mud, dust, error, fault, fingermark, fingerprint, grime, hatchet job, inkblot, libel, lower respiratory tract smear, malign, mistake, moil, obloquy, Pap smear, Papanicolaou smear, resmudge, rub, smirch, soil, splodge, splotch, sputum smear, traduce, traducement, vaginal smear

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