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smear

[ smeer ]
/ smɪər /
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verb (used with object)
noun
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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

OTHER WORDS FROM smear

smearer, nounun·smeared, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for smear

smear
/ (smɪə) /

verb (mainly tr)
noun

Derived forms of smear

smearer, 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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Medical 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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