1 [+ object] : to make (something) dirty by rubbing it with something else
The children smeared the window with fingerprints.
2 [+ object] : to spread (something) over a surface
She smeared jam on her toast.
Butter was smeared all over the counter.
The axle was smeared [=covered] with grease.
children with paint-smeared faces
3 a [no object] : to spread or drip in an untidy way
Her mascara smeared when she cried.
The ink smeared [=smudged] when she folded the letter.
3 b [+ object] : to cause (something) to spread or drip in an untidy way
Water smeared [=smudged] the ink so I could barely read the letter.
4 [+ object] : to make untrue statements about someone in order to hurt that person's reputation
political opponents smearing each other
They deliberately tried to smear him by telling lies about his war record.
They tried to smear his reputation.