One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Smear or cover with a greasy or sticky substance.‘a shirt hideously besmeared with the blood of the victim’
dirty, grimy, filthy, unwashed, stained, soiled, smeared, spotted, muddy, dusty, sootyView synonyms
- ‘A few of his followers remained with him as he came forward along the way on horseback, the way was besmeared with much blood of men and horses.’
- ‘And let us bathe our hands in blood up to the elbows, and besmear our swords.’
- ‘The grand stone buildings with the engraved inlays and elegantly dressed people shared the same street as the dirt besmeared street urchins who dodged in and out of the traffic.’
- ‘Occasionally they were besmeared with fat, possibly to give them a bright appearance.’
- ‘All of them had their clothes torn or besmeared with mud.’
Old English bismierwan (see be-, smear).
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