Meaning of SMEAR in English

SMEAR

I. smear 1 /smɪə $ smɪr/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: smeoru 'fatty material' ]

1 . a dirty mark made by a small amount of something spread across a surface

smear of

a smear of paint

It left a black smear on his arm.

2 . British English a ↑ smear test

3 . an untrue story about a politician or other important person that is told in order to make people lose respect for them – used especially in newspapers

—smeary adjective :

a smeary glass

• • •

THESAURUS

■ a dirty mark

▪ mark a dirty area on something that spoils its appearance:

The bark of the tree had made black marks on her trousers.

▪ spot a small mark on something:

a grease spot on my shirt

▪ stain a mark that is difficult to remove, especially one made by a dark liquid:

a wine stain on the tablecloth

|

blood stains

▪ smudge a mark that is made when something touches against a surface:

There was a smudge of lipstick on his cheek.

|

He had a smudge of chalk on his jacket.

▪ smear a mark that is made by a small amount of something spread across a surface:

The table had a smear of paint on the top.

▪ fingerprint ( also fingermark British English ) a mark on the surface of something that is made by someone’s fingers:

The glass was covered with greasy fingerprints.

II. smear 2 BrE AmE verb

1 . SPREAD [transitive always + adverb/preposition] to spread a liquid or soft substance over a surface, especially in a careless or untidy way

smear something with something

His face was smeared with mud.

smear something on/over etc something

Elaine smeared suntan lotion on her shoulders.

2 . TELL LIES [transitive] to tell an untrue story about someone important in order to make people lose respect for them – used especially in newspapers:

an attempt to smear the party leadership

3 . DIRTY [transitive] to put dirty or oily marks on something:

smeared windows

4 . INK/PAINT [intransitive and transitive] if writing, a picture, or paint smears or is smeared, the ink or paint is accidentally touched and spread across the surface SYN smudge :

Several words were smeared.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.