transitive verb Date: before 12th century smear

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Besmear — Be*smear , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Besmeared}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Besmearing}.] To smear with any viscous, glutinous matter; to bedaub; to soil. [1913 Webster] Besmeared with precious balm. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • besmear — index brand (stigmatize), defame, denigrate, denounce (condemn), disgrace, dishonor (deprive of honor) …   Law dictionary

  • besmear — (v.) O.E. bismierwan, besmyrwan (West Saxon), besmerwan (Anglian); see BE (Cf. be ) + SMEAR (Cf. smear) (v.). Related: Besmeared; besmearing …   Etymology dictionary

  • besmear — [bē smir′, bismir′] vt. [ME bismeren < OE bismerian: see BE & SMEAR] to smear over; bedaub; soil …   English World dictionary

  • besmear — besmearer, n. /bi smear /, v.t. 1. to smear all over; bedaub. 2. to sully; defile; soil: to besmear someone s reputation. [bef. 1050; ME bismeren, OE besmerian. See BE , SMEAR] * * * …   Universalium

  • besmear — verb To smear over, sully …   Wiktionary

  • besmear — Synonyms and related words: apply paint, attaint, bedaub, bedizen, begild, besmirch, besmoke, besmutch, besoil, bestain, black, blacken, blur, brand, brush on paint, butter, calcimine, coat, color, complexion, cover, dab, darken, daub, deep dye,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • besmear — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb 1. To spread with a greasy, sticky, or dirty substance: bedaub, dab1, daub, plaster, smear, smirch, smudge. See PUT ON. 2. To contaminate the reputation of: befoul, besmirch, bespatter, blacken, cloud, denigrate, dirty …   English dictionary for students

  • besmear — be·smear || bɪ smɪə v. abase, defile, dirty, sully …   English contemporary dictionary

  • besmear — verb literary smear or cover with (something) …   English new terms dictionary

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