smearier; smeariest
: marked by or covered with smears
: liable to cause smears
smeary lipstick

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web His use of color is as eye-candy bedazzling as Warhol’s, his manipulation of figures on a smeary electromagnetic background a kind of wry commentary on the hypnotic hyper-unreality of television. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 26 Jan. 2023 Outside its workaday building is the once-industrial neighborhood just west of Penn Station, which congeals in winter into a sort of smeary grottiness. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 19 Jan. 2022 So what happens when astronomers disentangle all that weird smeary stuff and reconstruct what the galaxy looks like? Phil Plait, Discover Magazine, 8 Feb. 2012 Combining motion blur with frame rate manipulation gave the layered effect a smeary, blended aesthetic — a look based on theoretical physics. Elena Howe, Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2022 Even a simple alphabet by the graffiti artist known as Worm is sensuously pictorial, since it’s rendered in bulbous, smeary and hot-colored letters. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2022 The native Washingtonian’s abstractions feature large blocks of smeary, thickly applied color set off by circles, X-shapes and what appear to be rips in the pigment. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 1 July 2022 And, unlike a tap on a screen, swiping up and down adds smeary fingerprints, so that might be alleviated with this new mechanic. David Phelan, Forbes, 24 July 2022 The cleanly cut patterns are as precise as the applied pigment is loose and smeary. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 24 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of smeary was circa 1529

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Cite this Entry

“Smeary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


: marked by smears
: likely to cause smears

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