Translation of smear in Spanish:


mancha, n.

Pronunciation /smɪə//smɪr/


  • 1

    mancha feminine
    there was a smear of lipstick on his collar tenía una mancha / una marca de lápiz labial en el cuello
    • 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.
    • Sure enough, there on his pinkish finger was a smear of crimson blood.
    • On the roof were thick smears of blood from the dead and the wounded.
    • 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.
    • 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 / desprestigiarlo
    • This week, Cllr White reacted angrily to what she calls ‘the smears and untruths,’ levelled at her by Senator Nolan in last week's Nationalist.
    • YOu have to counter their smears, distractions with truth and relevance.
    • 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?
    • She was forced out of the Calder Valley race earlier this month after three selection battles in which she was subjected to what she called ‘a campaign of smears and vilification’.
    • Prime Minister Tony Blair and his colleagues took Gilligan's report as a serious smear on their reputations.
    • John O'Neill enlisted to counter the smears of American servicemen in Vietnam.
    • 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.
  • 3

    • 3.1Medicine

      frotis masculine
      • We certainly have the modern technology, and it is very simple these days - through buccal smears, tissue samples, and, of course, blood - to be extremely certain of parentage.
      • At external examination, blood smears on the body surface resulting from hematemesis or melena were present in 40 cases.
      • Immunophenotyping is beneficial clinically because in many situations variant types of benign and malignant lymphoid cells resemble one another in routinely stained tissue sections and smears.
      • We observed ALs in peripheral blood smears during routine examination of smears selected for review by a pathologist.
      • Diagnosis in leishmaniasis depends on microscopic detection of amastigotes in smears of tissue aspirates or biopsy samples.

    • 3.2also smear testMedicine

      citología feminine
      frotis cervical masculine
      Papanicolau masculine Latin America
      • What advice should be offered to a woman who has a normal colposcopy result after a smear shows low grade cervical abnormalities?
      • Minerva was recently embroiled in a heated discussion about the merits of cervical screening using smears.
      • Editor Cuzick et al have reported that testing for human papilloma virus might be used for triage of women with low grade abnormal smears in the NHS cervical screening programmes.
      • A skin test and sputum smears for tuberculosis were negative.
      • In addition, sputum smears and cultures, immunologic assessments, and chest X-ray interpretations were performed without knowledge of treatment assignment.

transitive verb

  • 1

    • 1.1(spread, daub)

      to smear sth on(to)/over sth 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 mantequilla
      • to smear sth with sth
      • she smeared her face with cream se embadurnó la cara de / 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
      • Then, when the cake is done, just smear this over the top, and bake for another 10 minutes.
      • ‘Honey,’ the therapist says as he smears a new substance onto my back.
      • They smeared chocolate and vanilla ice cream all over each other's faces.
      • Then he turned the paraglider tightly, circling until the rapidly nearing roofs of Mayrhofen began to smear like wet paint across my sight.
      • Amy set the soon-to-be pizza crust in front of her children, who smeared the pasta sauce from a jar across it.
      • A greenish paste had been smeared over their faces and all visible skin.
      • She didn't completely understand why the sepia still photos looked like they'd been smudged, smeared or painted.
      • Riona had taken her tiara off, but her lipstick looked a bit smeared.
      • Saionji smeared peanut butter on the other slice of bread, put the two pieces together and took a bite.
      • Her tears were flowing without any signs of an end and tiny droplets of them smeared a little of the ink on the letters.
      • The place of meeting was written in her red lipstick and was slightly smeared, but Delilah could manage to decipher its message.
      • On its distant, furthest peak, ascetics are said to enact their own funerals and smear themselves with funeral-pyre ash.
      • The man noticed, sneered, and then smeared some of the blood on his own face and arm.
      • All one has to do, they think, is to wear ratty clothes, smear one's face with dirt to look darker, wrap one's arms in red stained gauze, then go begging on the streets, and the money rolls in.
      • That done, she smeared the thick, rough honey on the fresh bread, grimacing as the tastes conflicted.
      • A layer of clay can be smeared around the inside as a mortar/lining/gap-filler.
      • Overweight local opera would-be stars were splattered in mid-aria, and in wiping away the blue paint, it smeared and didn't come off.
      • As he neared the end of his shots he took both hands and began to smear anything liquid over his face, hair, and chest.

    • 1.2(smudge)

      (paint/ink/make-up) correr
      don't smear my lipstick ¡no me corras el lápiz de labios!

  • 2

    (slander, libel)
    • Although now Nils is profuse in his apologies, Sylvia believes that he was a willing participant, trying to smear Sylvia so that he could take her job.
    • They're smearing Richard Clarke because they're afraid of the truth.
    • At the press conference, Tsai signed a statement promising not to abuse any person's character, smear anyone's reputation or engage in personal attacks.
    • We naturally assumed that ‘Bring it on’ meant Boyd had the guts to meet us face to face in a fair debate, rather than smearing us in a hit-and-run attack on the pages of his own newspaper.
    • There's almost nothing you can do when people are determined to smear you like this to completely contain the damage.

intransitive verb

  • 1

    (lipstick/paint/ink) correrse