Meaning of SMEAR in English


I. ˈsmir noun

Etymology: Middle English smere, from Old English smeoru; akin to Old High German smero grease and probably to Old Irish smiur marrow

Date: before 12th century


a. : a viscous or sticky substance

b. : a spot made by or as if by an unctuous or adhesive substance

2. : material smeared on a surface (as of a microscopic slide) ; also : a preparation made by smearing material on a surface

a vaginal smear

3. : a usually unsubstantiated charge or accusation against a person or organization — often used attributively

a smear campaign

a smear job

II. transitive verb

Date: before 12th century


a. : to overspread with something unctuous, viscous, or adhesive : daub

smear ed the paper with glue

b. : to spread over a surface


a. : to stain, smudge, or dirty by or as if by smearing

b. : sully , besmirch ; specifically : to vilify especially by secretly and maliciously spreading grave charges and imputations

3. : to obliterate, obscure, blur, blend, wipe out, or defeat by or as if by smearing

• smear·er noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.