smear

smear1 [smıə US smır] n
[: 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.) BrE 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 adj
a smeary glass
smear 2
smear2 v
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1¦(spread)¦
2¦(tell lies)¦
3¦(dirty)¦
4¦(ink/paint)¦
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1.) ¦(SPREAD)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition]
to spread a liquid or soft substance over a surface, especially in a careless or untidy way
smear sth with sth
His face was smeared with mud.
smear sth on/over etc sth
Elaine smeared sun tan lotion on her shoulders.
2.) ¦(TELL LIES)¦ [T]
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)¦ [T]
to put dirty or oily marks on something
smeared windows
4.) ¦(INK/PAINT)¦ [I and T]
if writing, a picture, or paint smears or is smeared, the ink or paint is accidentally touched and spread across the surface
= ↑smudge
Several words were smeared.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • smear — [smɪə ǁ smɪr] noun [countable] an attempt to harm someone by spreading untrue stories about them: • Was this just another political smear? • The media had launched a smear campaign against him. smear verb [transitive] : • Republicans were trying… …   Financial and business terms

  • smear´er — smear «smihr», verb, noun, adjective. –v.t. 1. to cover or stain with anything sticky, grease or dirty: »She smeared her fingers with jam. 2. to rub or spread (oil, grease, or paint): »to smear paint on one s hands. 3. to rub or wipe (a brush,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • smear|y — «SMIHR ee», adjective, smear|i|er, smear|i|est. 1. marked by a smear or smears; smeared. 2. tending to smear. –smear´i|ness …   Useful english dictionary

  • Smear — (sm[=e]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Smeared} (sm[=e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Smearing}.] [OE. smeren, smerien, AS. smierwan, smyrwan, fr. smeoru fat, grease; akin to D. smeren, OHG. smirwen, G. schmieren, Icel. smyrja to anoint. See {Smear}, n.] 1. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • smear — [smir] vt. [ME smerien < OE smerian, to anoint, akin to Ger schmieren < IE base * smeru , grease > OIr smir, marrow & (prob.) L medulla, marrow] 1. to cover, daub, or soil with something greasy, sticky, or dirty 2. to apply or daub… …   English World dictionary

  • Smear — Smear, n. [OE. smere,. smeoru fat, grease; akin to D. smeer, G. schmeer, OHG. smero, Icel. smj[ o]r, Sw. & Dan. sm[ o]r butter, Goth. sma[ i]r[thorn]r fatness, smarna dung; cf. Lith. smarsas fat. Cf. {Smirch}.] 1. A fat, oily substance; oinment.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • smear — sb., en, smear, ene (undersøgelse af celler fra fx livmoderhalsen), i sms. smear , fx smearprøve …   Dansk ordbog

  • smear — (v.) O.E. smerian to anoint or rub with grease, oil, etc., from P.Gmc. *smerthan (Cf. O.N. smyrva, Dan. smère, Swed. smörja, Du. smeren, O.H.G. smirwen, Ger. schmieren to smear ), from PIE *smeru grease (Cf. Gk. myron …   Etymology dictionary

  • smear — [v1] rub on, spread over apply, bedaub, besmirch, blur, coat, cover, dab, daub, defile, dirty, discolor, overlay, overspread, patch, plaster, slop, smudge, soil, spatter, spray, sprinkle, stain, sully, taint, tar, tarnish; concepts 172,202,215… …   New thesaurus

  • smear — smear. См. мазок. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

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