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Meaning & Definition of Smear in English

English

Smear

/smɪr/

noun

1. Slanderous defamation

    synonym:
  • smear
  • ,
  • vilification
  • ,
  • malignment

2. A thin tissue or blood sample spread on a glass slide and stained for cytologic examination and diagnosis under a microscope

    synonym:
  • smear
  • ,
  • cytologic smear
  • ,
  • cytosmear

3. A blemish made by dirt

  • "He had a smudge on his cheek"
    synonym:
  • smudge
  • ,
  • spot
  • ,
  • blot
  • ,
  • daub
  • ,
  • smear
  • ,
  • smirch
  • ,
  • slur

4. An act that brings discredit to the person who does it

  • "He made a huge blot on his copybook"
    synonym:
  • blot
  • ,
  • smear
  • ,
  • smirch
  • ,
  • spot
  • ,
  • stain

verb

1. Stain by smearing or daubing with a dirty substance

    synonym:
  • smear

2. Make a smudge on

  • Soil by smudging
    synonym:
  • smear
  • ,
  • blur
  • ,
  • smudge
  • ,
  • smutch

3. Cover (a surface) by smearing (a substance) over it

  • "Smear the wall with paint"
  • "Daub the ceiling with plaster"
    synonym:
  • daub
  • ,
  • smear

4. Charge falsely or with malicious intent

  • Attack the good name and reputation of someone
  • "The journalists have defamed me!" "the article in the paper sullied my reputation"
    synonym:
  • defame
  • ,
  • slander
  • ,
  • smirch
  • ,
  • asperse
  • ,
  • denigrate
  • ,
  • calumniate
  • ,
  • smear
  • ,
  • sully
  • ,
  • besmirch