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adjective, smear·i·er, smear·i·est.
  1. showing smears; smeared.
  2. tending to smear or soil.
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Origin of smeary

First recorded in 1520–30; smear + -y1
Related formssmear·i·ness, noun
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Related Words for smeary

buttery, waxy, slippery, creamy, oiled, lubricant, lustrous, polished, rich, sleek, smooth, soapy, soothing, swimming, unctuous, adipose, oleaginous, butyraceous, lardy, lubricous

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