- to spread or daub (an oily, greasy, viscous, or wet substance) on or over something: to smear butter on bread.
- to spread or daub an oily, greasy, viscous, or wet substance on: to smear bread with butter.
- to stain, spot, or make dirty with something oily, greasy, viscous, or wet.
- to sully, vilify, or soil (a reputation, good name, etc.).
- to smudge or blur, as by rubbing: The signature was smeared.
- Slang. to defeat decisively; overwhelm: They smeared the home team.
- an oily, greasy, viscous, or wet substance, especially a dab of such a substance.
- a stain, spot, or mark made by such a substance.
- a smudge.
- something smeared or to be smeared on a thing, as a glaze for pottery.
- a small quantity of something spread thinly on a slide for microscopic examination.
- vilification: a smear by a cheap gossip columnist.
Origin of smear
Related Wordssully, sprinkle, dab, tarnish, coat, plaster, smudge, taint, daub, spray, spatter, blur, stain, besmirch, tar, malign, blacken, defame, slander, vilify
Examples from the Web for smeared
His accuser was smeared and demeaned, and a star football player was allowed to keep on playing.Jameis Winston Cleared of Rape Like Every Other College Sports Star
December 22, 2014
In the first, we met two muscular young men, almost naked and smeared with a blood-like substance.Sex, Blood, and Screaming: Blackout’s Dark Frights
October 7, 2014
The line between author and audience has been smeared beyond all recognition.How ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ and FanFiction Conquered Pop Culture
May 6, 2014
They scorned and smeared Hillary Clinton when she was the first lady.Obama, Clinton Scored Back to Back Home Runs With Their Speeches
September 8, 2012
The net effect is that Romney is, however against his own will it might be, prepared to be smeared as a tax-raiser.Romney’s Big Tax Bluff: Why It Will Haunt Him
July 5, 2012
He was blacker than I was; all smeared with grease and stripped to his waist.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
His cap had gone, and his fiery red hair was smeared with mud.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
When you gave my daughter a fish, you gave it smeared all over with mud.Aino Folk-Tales
Basil Hall Chamberlain
They concluded by licking the porringers, and were smeared with soup up to their eyes.The Downfall
Both were stained and smeared with grease; they were amply large.The Finding of Haldgren
Charles Willard Diffin
- to bedaub or cover with oil, grease, etc
- to rub over or apply thickly
- to rub so as to produce a smudge
- to slander
- US slang to defeat completely
- (intr) to be or become smeared or dirtied
- a dirty mark or smudge
- a slanderous attack
- (as modifier)smear tactics
- a preparation of blood, secretions, etc, smeared onto a glass slide for examination under a microscope
Word Origin and History for smeared
Old English smerian, smierwan "to anoint or rub with grease, oil, etc.," from Proto-Germanic *smerwjan "to spread grease on" (cf. Old Norse smyrja "to anoint, rub with ointment," Danish smøre, Swedish smörja, Dutch smeren, Old High German smirwen "apply salve, smear," German schmieren "to smear;" Old Norse smör "butter"), from PIE *smeru- "grease" (cf. Greek myron "unguent, balsam," Old Irish smi(u)r "marrow," Old English smeoru "fat, grease, ointment, tallow, lard, suet," Lithuanian smarsas "fat").
Figurative sense of "assault a public reputation with unsubstantiated charges" is from 1879. Related: Smeared; smearing. Smear-word, one used regardless of its literal meaning but invested with invective, is from 1938.
"mark or stain left by smearing," 1610s, from smear (v.). Sense of "small quantity prepared for microscopic examination" is from 1903. Meaning "a quantity of cream cheese, etc., smeared on a bagel" is by 1999, from Yiddish shmir. The earliest noun sense in English is "fat, grease, ointment" (c.1200), from Old English had smeoru "fat, grease," cognate with Middle Dutch smere, Dutch smeer, German Schmer "grease, fat" (Yiddish schmir), Danish smør, Swedish smör "butter."
- 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.