(noun, verb)


1. slanderous defamation

Similar word(s): vilification

Definition categories: communication, calumniation, calumny, defamation, obloquy, traducement

2. a thin tissue or blood sample spread on a glass slide and stained for cytologic examination and diagnosis under a microscope

Definition categories: body

3. a blemish made by dirt

Similar word(s): blot, daub, slur, smirch, smudge, spot

Definition categories: attribute, blemish, defect, mar

4. an act that brings discredit to the person who does it

Similar word(s): blot, smirch, spot, stain

Definition categories: act, error, fault, mistake

Sentences with smear as a noun:

- This detergent cleans windows without leaving smears.

- I'm going to the doctor's this afternoon for a smear.


1. stain by smearing or daubing with a dirty substance

Definition categories: contact, begrime, bemire, colly, dirty, grime, soil

2. make a smudge on; soil by smudging

Similar word(s): blur, smudge, smutch

Definition categories: contact, rub

3. cover (a surface) by smearing (a substance) over it

- smear the wall with paint

Similar word(s): daub

Definition categories: contact, cover

4. charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone

Similar word(s): asperse, besmirch, calumniate, defame, denigrate, slander, smirch, sully

Definition categories: communication, accuse, charge

Sentences with smear as a verb:

- The artist smeared paint over the canvas in broad strokes.

- She smeared her lips with lipstick.

- The opposition party attempted to smear the candidate by spreading incorrect and unverifiable rumors about their personal behavior.

- The paint is still wet — don't touch it or it will smear.