From Middle English smeren, smerien, from Old English smerian, smyrian, smierwan (“to anoint or rub with grease, oil, etc.”), from Proto-Germanic *smirwijaną. Cognate with Saterland Frisian smeere, Dutch smeren, Low German smeren, German schmieren.
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: smî, IPA(key): /smɪə/
- (US) enPR: smîr, IPA(key): /smiɚ/, IPA(key): /smɪɚ/
- Rhymes: -ɪə(r)
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- (transitive) To spread (a substance, especially one that colours or is dirty) across a surface by rubbing.
- The artist smeared paint over the canvas in broad strokes.
- (transitive) To have a substance smeared on (a surface).
- She smeared her lips with lipstick.
- (transitive) To damage someone's reputation by slandering, misrepresenting, or otherwise making false accusations about an individual, their statements, or their actions.
- The opposition party attempted to smear the candidate by spreading incorrect and unverifiable rumors about their personal behavior.
- (intransitive) To become spread by smearing.
- The paint is still wet — don't touch it or it will smear.
- (climbing) To climb without using footholds, using the friction from the shoe to stay on the wall.
smear (plural smears)
- A mark made by smearing.
- This detergent cleans windows without leaving smears.
- (medicine) A Pap smear.
- I'm going to the doctor's this afternoon for a smear.
- A false attack.
- (climbing) A maneuver in which the shoe is placed onto the holdless rock, and the friction from the shoe keeps it in contact
- (music) A rough glissando in jazz music.