verb (used with object), marred, mar·ring.

  1. to damage or spoil to a certain extent; render less perfect, attractive, useful, etc.; impair or spoil: That billboard mars the view. The holiday was marred by bad weather.
  2. to disfigure, deface, or scar: The scratch marred the table.

verb mars, marring or marred

  1. (tr) to cause harm to; spoil or impair


  1. a disfiguring mark; blemish

abbreviation for

  1. March

adj.c.1200, from un- (1) “not” + past participle of mar. v.Old English merran (Anglian), mierran (West Saxon) “to waste, spoil,” from Proto-Germanic *marzjan (cf. Old Frisian meria, Old High German marren “to hinder, obstruct,” Gothic marzjan “to hinder, offend”), from PIE root *mers- “to trouble, confuse” (cf. Sanskrit mrsyate “forgets, neglects,” Lithuanian mirszati “to forget”). Related: Marred; marring.

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