[ smeer-keys ]
/ ˈsmɪərˌkeɪs /

noun Chiefly North Midland U.S.

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

Nearby words

  1. smear culture,
  2. smear test,
  3. smear word,
  4. smear-case,
  5. smear-sheet,
  6. smeared,
  7. smeary,
  8. smeaton,
  9. smeaton, john,
  10. smectic

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

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

    Vandemark's Folly|Herbert Quick
  • The man held a knife-load of smear-case in front of his mouth, and grunted.

    Stories of the Foot-hills|Margaret Collier Graham

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