smear

[ smeer ]
/ smɪər /

verb (used with object)

noun


Nearby words

  1. smatteringly,
  2. smatv,
  3. smaze,
  4. smd,
  5. sme,
  6. smear campaign,
  7. smear culture,
  8. smear test,
  9. smear word,
  10. smear-case

Origin of smear

before 900; (v.) Middle English smeren, smirien to rub with fat, anoint, Old English smirian, smerian, smerwan; cognate with Dutch smeren, German schmieren, Old Norse smyrja, smyrwa; (noun) in current senses derivative of the v.; compare obsolete smear fat, grease, ointment, Middle English smere, Old English smeoru, cognate with Dutch smear, German Schmer, Old Norse smjǫr grease, Greek smýris rubbing powder; see emery

Related formssmear·er, nounun·smeared, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for smear

smear

/ (smɪə) /

verb (mainly tr)

noun

Derived Formssmearer, noun

Word Origin for smear

Old English smeoru (n); related to Old Norse smjör fat, Old High German smero, Greek muron ointment

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Word Origin and History for smear
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Medicine definitions for smear

smear

[ smîr ]

n.

A sample, as of blood or bacterial cells, spread thinly on a slide and usually stained for microscopic examination or applied to the surface of a culture medium.

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