[ 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.

Origin of smirch

First recorded in 1485–95; origin uncertain

Related forms

smirch·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 Forms

smircher, noun

Word Origin for smirch

C15 smorchen, of unknown origin
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