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[smeer-ee] /ˈsmɪər i/
adjective, smearier, smeariest.
showing smears; smeared.
tending to smear or soil.
Origin of smeary
First recorded in 1520-30; smear + -y1
Related forms
smeariness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for smeary
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  • Every one had the smeary look that glasses have if they have been wiped with a damp, and not too clean, cloth.

    Anxious Audrey Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • There was a smeary wetness on his fingers, which he wiped away on the side of his trousers.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • Ms Galvez caught me staring at it and handed me a permission slip on smeary Xeroxed school letterhead.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
  • Winnie's small, pointed face was haggard and smeary with tears.

    The Narrow House Evelyn Scott
  • In front of it a sagging woman with tight-drawn hair, and a baby bedraggled, smeary, glorious-eyed.

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
  • Care should be taken not to breathe on the glass, or a damp, smeary effect may result.

    Dactylography Henry Faulds
  • He had a passion for stealing sugarall the door knobs were smeary and sticky where his sugary hands had reached to open the doors.

    Joan of the Journal Helen Diehl Olds
  • Light was that gray ugliness that precedes the smeary glare of dawn on Venus.

    Shock Treatment Stanley Mullen
  • He received interviewers, and wrote his poems on prescription blanks and smeary tatters.

    Paul Verlaine Stefan Zweig
  • On the table which was shining wet and smeary with soap, stood a huge basin.

    Pointed Roofs Dorothy Richardson
British Dictionary definitions for smeary


adjective -rier, -riest
smeared, dirty; blurred by smearing
Derived Forms
smearily, adverb
smeariness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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