smear-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: Stain, smudge, soil, or otherwise change the color of physical constitution of, for either positive or negative ends.

Commentary: Syntax Includes: NP1[agent] SMEAR NP2[patient[concrete]] PP{with NP[theme]} NP1[theme] SMEAR NP2[patient[concrete]] NP1[theme] SMEAR PP[location]

The child smeared the wall with paint.
Ink smeared his hands and shirt.
Markers smeared over his face and arms.
Billy smeared grass all over his jeans.
Smear the cieling with serveral coats of plaster before you begin.

VerbNet: spray-9.7-1
FrameNet: Filling,Placing
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2, 3

Sense Number 2: (Cause to) sully the good name and reputation of.

Commentary: Includes: SMEAR IN THE DIRT, SMEAR IN THE MUD Syntax Includes: NP1[agent] SMEAR NP2[patient[abstract]] NP1[proposition] SMEAR NP2[patient[abstract]]

The journalists have all smeared me in the papers.
You smeared him in the dirt and left him out to dry.
The article in the paper smeared my reputation.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4