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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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  • There was a smeary wetness on his fingers, which he wiped away on the side of his trousers.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • Winnie's small, pointed face was haggard and smeary with tears.

    The Narrow House Evelyn Scott
  • Care should be taken not to breathe on the glass, or a damp, smeary effect may result.

    Dactylography Henry Faulds
  • Light was that gray ugliness that precedes the smeary glare of dawn on Venus.

    Shock Treatment Stanley Mullen
  • On the table which was shining wet and smeary with soap, stood a huge basin.

    Pointed Roofs Dorothy Richardson
  • What did they care for dust on the books and smeary window panes?

  • Elizabeth cried, coming around to them, and extending a smeary, dripping hand for the taut rein.

    The Wind Before the Dawn Dell H. Munger
  • But there is nothing better to turn to—moldy walls picked at and peeling, smeary stains on a colorless floor.

    Woman Magdeleine Marx
  • She bought in all his really good pictures—dreary landscapes of the smeary School!

    Aliens William McFee
  • My interest in smeary Street is entirely associated with my daily meals, which are publicly paraded all day long on the pavement.

British Dictionary definitions for smeary


adjective -rier, -riest
smeared, dirty; blurred by smearing
Derived Forms
smearily, adverb
smeariness, noun
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