\ ˈsmir-ē How to pronounce smeary (audio) \
smearier; smeariest

Definition of smeary

1 : marked by or covered with smears
2 : liable to cause smears smeary lipstick

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Another one, the the Over Zit Spot Patches, can be slapped on over a pesky blemish overnight to absorb excess fluid and keep that smeary spot treatment from ending up on your pillow. Sophie Wirt, Allure, "Clear & Clear Quietly Launches C&C, Its New Millennial-Targeted Skin-Care Line," 21 July 2018 The vitrines with his walking sticks, watercolor brushes, smeary palette; a fishing net on the wall; and a room playing three early 20th-century documentary films of Maine feel as if meant to disguise threadbare patches in the curatorial thesis. Richard B. Woodward, WSJ, "‘Winslow Homer and the Camera: Photography and the Art of Painting’ Review: An Unclear Creative Influence," 4 July 2018 At those distances, not a lot of sunlight reaches it, so most observations of the dwarf planet involve just a few smeary pixels. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Odd, potato-shaped dwarf planet has ring, may not be a planet," 11 Oct. 2017 An early scene, in which the helicopters pass through a ghastly electrical storm, isn’t just the usual thing of shaking cameras, smeary cuts and thunderous sound. Mick Lasalle, Orange County Register, "‘Skull Island’ – King Kong never looked so good," 9 Mar. 2017 What: There are stretches -- a mile here, seven miles there -- where the bottom is soft and the deep earth tones are a cinematographer's smeary dream. Chris Erskine,, "Kayak the L.A. River, a sparkling retreat amid the urban sprawl," 10 June 2017

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First Known Use of smeary

circa 1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of smeary was circa 1529

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