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verb (used with object)
  1. to smear all over; bedaub.
  2. to sully; defile; soil: to besmear someone's reputation.
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Origin of besmear

before 1050; Middle English bismeren, Old English besmerian. See be-, smear
Related formsbe·smear·er, nounun·be·smeared, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • They also besmear their bodies with grease and coloured earths.

    The Natural History of the Varieties of Man

    Robert Gordon Latham

  • His intensity of loathing leads him to besmear his antagonists with filth.


    Leslie Stephen

  • They make little fires during the day, sleeping at night among the warm ashes, with which they besmear their bodies.

  • In all history it has been shown that he who seeks to besmear others usually leaves the greatest amount of mud on himself.

    My Attainment of the Pole

    Frederick A. Cook

  • When serpents sting, the only remedy is to kill the serpent, and besmear the wound with the fat.

British Dictionary definitions for besmear


verb (tr)
  1. to smear over; daub
  2. to sully; defile (often in the phrase besmear (a person's) reputation)
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Word Origin and History for besmear


Old English bismierwan, besmyrwan (West Saxon), besmerwan (Anglian); see be- + smear (v.). Related: Besmeared; besmearing.

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