To smear with any viscous glutinous matter to bedaub to soil
- scatter or daub (a surface)
- To smear with any viscous, glutinous matter; to bedaub; to soil.
Old English bismierwan, besmyrwan (West Saxon), besmerwan (Anglian); see be- + smear (v.). Relevant: Besmeared; besmearing.
(v. t.) To smear with any viscous, glutinous matter; to bedaub; to earth.
On the Gold Coast a leopard hunter who has killed his victim is carried round the town behind the body of the leopard; he may not speak, must besmear himself so as to look like a leopard and imitate its movements.