[ 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 smearcase

  • If old Smearcase continues to fool away his hard-earned wealth in that manner, his friends ought to buy an injunction on his will!

    The Humors of Falconbridge|Jonathan F. Kelley
  • In America cottage cheese is also called pot, Dutch and smearcase.

    The Complete Book of Cheese|Robert Carlton Brown