adjective, smear·i·er, smear·i·est.

showing smears; smeared.
tending to smear or soil.

Origin of smeary

First recorded in 1520–30; smear + -y1
Related formssmear·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for smeary

Historical Examples of smeary

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


    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.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for smeary


adjective -rier or -riest

smeared, dirty; blurred by smearing
Derived Formssmearily, adverbsmeariness, noun
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