smirch

[ 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.

noun

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

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Origin of smirch

First recorded in 1485–95; origin uncertain

OTHER WORDS FROM smirch

smirchless, adjectiveun·smirched, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for smirch

smirch
/ (smɜːtʃ) /

verb (tr)

to dirty; soil

noun

the act of smirching or state of being smirched
a smear or stain

Derived forms of smirch

smircher, noun

Word Origin for smirch

C15 smorchen, of unknown origin
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