from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To smear.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To smear over; smear all over; sully.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To smear with any viscous, glutinous matter; to bedaub; to soil.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To smear over or about; bedaub; overspread with any viscous matter, or with any soft substance that adheres; hence, to foul; soil; sully.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. spread or daub (a surface)
Middle English bismeorwen, to make filthy, from Old English besmirwan, to besmear : be-, be- + smierwan, to smear.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English bismerwen, from Old English besmirwan, besmierwan ("to besmear"), equivalent to be- + smear. Cognate with Dutch besmeren ("to besmear"), German beschmieren ("to besmear"). (Wiktionary)