Origin of smear
OTHER WORDS FROM smearsmearer, nounun·smeared, adjective
Words nearby smear
How to use smear in a sentence
Robyn was in her senior year of college in January 2008 when she found out she had an abnormal pap smear.
Erica was 22 when her doctor called her and said she had an abnormal pap smear.
A vicious Twitter smear campaign against the Harry Potter author may have been the work of secret agents, says one British pol.Did MI5 Spies Troll J.K. Rowling Over Scottish Independence?|The Telegraph|June 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Memorials are a crimson smear across the days—March 14, April 8, May 6, that marked our bloody spring of 2007.
The bias to protect the Clinton and smear their accusers, he added, still exists.
And then Lamb began to taste something like panic even as the first neon signs began to smear the wintry shadows.
If you will look at the paper you will observe a slight smear of blood.Boy Scouts in the Philippines|G. Harvey Ralphson
And still at times she would smear him with the name of black (to his delight when he learned the reason).Margaret Ogilvy|J. M. Barrie
A thin stream of blood ran from his mouth and dribbled down his chin and coagulated in a sticky smear upon the gun stock.The Escape of Mr. Trimm|Irvin S. Cobb
The pass had broadened into a valley, and a flat blue smear on the horizon told of earth and sky meeting beyond a plain.The Terms of Surrender|Louis Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for smear
- a slanderous attack
- (as modifier)smear tactics