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smear (v.)

Old English smerian, smierwan "to anoint or rub with grease, oil, etc.," from Proto-Germanic *smerwjan "to spread grease on" (source also of Old Norse smyrja "to anoint, rub with ointment," Danish smøre, Swedish smörja, Dutch smeren, Old High German smirwen "apply salve, smear," German schmieren "to smear;" Old Norse smör "butter"), from PIE *smeru- "grease" (source also of Greek myron "unguent, balsam," Old Irish smi(u)r "marrow," Old English smeoru "fat, grease, ointment, tallow, lard, suet," Lithuanian smarsas "fat").

Figurative sense of "assault a public reputation" is by 1835; especially "dishonor or besmirch with unsubstantiated charges." Related: Smeared; smearing. Smear-word, one used regardless of its literal meaning but invested with invective, is from 1938.

smear (n.)

"mark or stain left by smearing," 1610s, from smear (v.). Sense of "small quantity prepared for microscopic examination" is from 1903. Meaning "a quantity of cream cheese, etc., smeared on a bagel" is by 1999, from Yiddish shmir. The earliest noun sense in English is "fat, grease, ointment" (c. 1200), from Old English had smeoru "fat, grease," cognate with Middle Dutch smere, Dutch smeer, German Schmer "grease, fat" (Yiddish schmir), Danish smør, Swedish smör "butter."

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Definitions of smear
1
smear (v.)
stain by smearing or daubing with a dirty substance;
smear (v.)
make a smudge on; soil by smudging;
Synonyms: blur / smudge / smutch
smear (v.)
cover (a surface) by smearing (a substance) over it;
smear the wall with paint
Synonyms: daub
smear (v.)
charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone;
2
smear (n.)
slanderous defamation;
Synonyms: vilification / malignment
smear (n.)
a thin tissue or blood sample spread on a glass slide and stained for cytologic examination and diagnosis under a microscope;
Synonyms: cytologic smear / cytosmear
smear (n.)
a blemish made by dirt;
Synonyms: smudge / spot / blot / daub / smirch / slur
smear (n.)
an act that brings discredit to the person who does it;
Synonyms: blot / smirch / spot / stain
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