noun Chiefly North Midland U.S.

any soft cheese suitable for spreading or eating with a spoon, especially a sour cottage cheese.

Also smier·case, schmierkase.

Origin of smearcase

1820–30, Americanism; half translation, half adoption of German Schmierkäse, equivalent to schmier(en) to spread, smear + Käse cheese1

Regional variation note Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for smear-case

Historical Examples of smear-case

  • The man held a knife-load of smear-case in front of his mouth, and grunted.

    Stories of the Foot-hills

    Margaret Collier Graham

  • There was smear-case too, milk gravy and sauce made of English currants.

    Vandemark's Folly

    Herbert Quick

Word Origin and History for smear-case

1829, semi-translation of German Schmier-käse; see smear (v.) + cheese (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper