[ smurch ]
/ smɜrtʃ /

verb (used with object)

to discolor or soil; spot or smudge with or as with soot, dust, dirt, etc.
to sully or tarnish (a person, reputation, character, etc.); disgrace; discredit.


a dirty mark or smear, as of soot, dust, dirt, etc.
a stain or blot, as on reputation.

Nearby words

  1. smiles,
  2. smiley,
  3. smilingly,
  4. smilodon,
  5. smir,
  6. smirk,
  7. smirnoff,
  8. smirting,
  9. smish,
  10. smit

Origin of smirch

First recorded in 1485–95; origin uncertain

Related formssmirch·less, adjectiveun·smirched, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for smirch


/ (smɜːtʃ) /

verb (tr)

to dirty; soil


the act of smirching or state of being smirched
a smear or stain
Derived Formssmircher, noun

Word Origin for smirch

C15 smorchen, of unknown origin

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