verb (used with object)
to spread or daub (an oily, greasy, viscous, or wet substance) on or over something:
to smear butter on bread.
to spread or daub an oily, greasy, viscous, or wet substance on:
to smear bread with butter.
to stain, spot, or make dirty with something oily, greasy, viscous, or wet.
to sully, vilify, or soil (a reputation, good name, etc.).
to smudge or blur, as by rubbing:
The signature was smeared.
Slang. to defeat decisively; overwhelm:
They smeared the home team.
an oily, greasy, viscous, or wet substance, especially a dab of such a substance.
a stain, spot, or mark made by such a substance.
something smeared or to be smeared on a thing, as a glaze for pottery.
a small quantity of something spread thinly on a slide for microscopic examination.
a smear by a cheap gossip columnist.
verb (mainly transitive)
to bedaub or cover with oil, grease, etc
to rub over or apply thickly
to rub so as to produce a smudge
(US, slang) to defeat completely
(intransitive) to be or become smeared or dirtied
a dirty mark or smudge
a slanderous attack
(as modifier): smear tactics
a preparation of blood, secretions, etc, smeared onto a glass slide for examination under a microscope
A sample, as of blood or bacterial cells, spread thinly on a slide and usually stained for microscopic examination or applied to the surface of a culture medium.
noun 1. a newspaper, magazine, or other periodical specializing in gossip, scandal, malicious innuendo, etc.
- Smear test
noun 1. (med) another name for Pap test smear test n. See Pap test.
noun 1. a slanderous, vilifying epithet.
adjective, smearier, smeariest. 1. showing smears; smeared. 2. tending to smear or soil. adjective -rier, -riest 1. smeared, dirty; blurred by smearing