smirch

verb

smirched; smirching; smirches

transitive verb

1
a
: to make dirty, stained, or discolored : sully
b
: to smear with something that stains or dirties
2
: to bring discredit or disgrace on
smirch noun

Examples of smirch in a Sentence

their clothes were smirched by dust from the trail this scandal will forever smirch the name of a once-great family

Word History

Etymology

Middle English smorchen

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of smirch was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near smirch

Cite this Entry

“Smirch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smirch. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

smirch

verb
1
: to make dirty, stained, or discolored especially by smearing with something that soils
2
: to bring discredit or disgrace on
smirch noun
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