Smear - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |smɪr|  American pronunciation of the word smear
Brit.  |smɪə|  British pronunciation of the word smear


- slanderous defamation (syn: vilification)
- a thin tissue or blood sample spread on a glass slide and stained for cytologic examination and diagnosis under a microscope
- a blemish made by dirt (syn: blot, daub, slur, smirch, smudge, spot)
- an act that brings discredit to the person who does it (syn: blot, smirch, spot, stain)


- stain by smearing or daubing with a dirty substance
- make a smudge on; soil by smudging (syn: blur, smudge, smutch)
- cover (a surface) by smearing (a substance) over it (syn: daub)
smear the wall with paint
- charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone (syn: asperse, besmirch, calumniate, defame, denigrate, slander, smirch, sully)

Extra examples

The blood smear revealed malaria.

It left a black smear on his arm.

His face was smeared with mud.

Elaine smeared sun tan lotion on her shoulders.

Several words were smeared.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: smear
he/she/it: smears
present participle: smearing
past tense: smeared
past participle: smeared
singular: smear
plural: smears
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