from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To soil, stain, or dirty with or as if with a smearing agent: "their tough, hostile faces, smirched by the grime and rust” ( Henry Roth).
- transitive v. To dishonor; defame.
- n. Something, such as a blot, smear, or stain, that smirches.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To dirty; to make dirty.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To smear with something which stains, or makes dirty; to smutch; to begrime; to soil; to sully.
- n. A smutch; a dirty stain.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To stain; smear; soil; smutch; besmirch.
- Figuratively, to degrade; reduce in honor, dignity, fame, repute, or the like: as, to smirch one's own or another's reputation.
- n. A soiling mark or smear; a darkening stain; a smutch.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. smear so as to make dirty or stained
- n. a blemish made by dirt
- v. charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone
- n. an act that brings discredit to the person who does it
Middle English smorchen.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Attested since the 15th Century CE; possibly from Old French esmorcher ("to torture"), from Latin morsus ("bitten"). (Wiktionary)