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smear

Pronunciation: /smɪr; smɪə(r)/

Translation of smear in Spanish:

noun/nombre

  • 1 (stain) mancha (feminine) there was a smear of lipstick on his collar tenía una mancha or una marca de lápiz labial en el cuello
    Example sentences
    • He slid down the wall, leaving a smear of blood to mark his trail, he struggled to keep his eyes open as he saw a figure move towards him.
    • This is because the tubular orange or yellow flowers end with the petals opening wide to look like a mouth which has a large glossy black splodge on it that looks like a smear of sticky jam.
    • Across one cheek was a scrape; tiny smears of dried blood speckled her mottled skin below her eye.
  • 2 (slander, slur) calumnia (feminine) he was the subject of an attempted smear intentaron difamarlo or desprestigiarlo
    Example sentences
    • Prime Minister Tony Blair and his colleagues took Gilligan's report as a serious smear on their reputations.
    • Secondly, many if not most false negative smears can be detected on re-examination, but what does this mean from the legal point of view?
    • Yesterday The Guardian printed a report by John Sutherland branding bloggers of unfairly smearing Rachel Corries' good name - the article then proceeded to indulge in some choice smears of its own.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 (spread, daub) to smear sth on(to)/over sth [paint/grease] embadurnar algo de algo [butter] untar algo con algo the child smeared paint all over the mirror el niño embadurnó todo el espejo de pintura he smeared the butter thinly on the bread untó el pan con una capa fina de mantequillato smear sth with sth she smeared her face with cream se embadurnó la cara de or con crema the walls were smeared with filth las paredes estaban cubiertas de mugre her face was smeared with blood tenía la cara manchada de sangre, tenía la cara ensangrentada 1.2 (smudge) [make-up/ink/paint] correr don't smear my lipstick ¡no me corras el lápiz de labios!

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • [paint/ink/lipstick] correrse

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