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

Examples of smeary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Elsewhere, Miyazaki delivers scenes like Ohira’s dreamlike opening — smeary, squishy, painterly imagery deployed as abstractions. Eric Vilas-Boas, Vulture, 10 Mar. 2024 Rows of dots sit below a smeary red orb, as if the sun is setting on a land of abstract forms. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2024 En route, we’re treated to a hit-or-miss barrage of comedic bits involving a pizza-and-beer blowout, crazy-making fireworks, a rapacious eagle, a four-way urination ritual, a smeary dog-pound escape, an unfortunate (and frankly disturbing) rabbit incident and much else. Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2023 So step into our lab, where our mad scientists have been hard at work experimenting with several recipes to find the perfect match for your fake blood type (drippy, smeary, clotty and more!). Susan Choung, Good Housekeeping, 5 July 2023 The party aesthetic of the aughts—the messy, smeary, mismatched, American Apparel thing; ripped tights and dirty shoes and everyone looking drunk or hungover all the time—has recently been discovered and repopularized by young people on TikTok and Instagram. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, 11 Sep. 2022 The same national shape appears in this show, constructed not of wooden pieces but of smeary, overlapping graphite gestures. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 8 July 2022 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

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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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“Smeary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: marked by smears
: likely to cause smears

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