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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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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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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