\ 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

Examples of smeary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In old games, this would add a smeary effect that made everything look awful, but many modern games implement it a bit better, blurring the scenery or certain objects to mimic how that motion might look in a movie. Whitson Gordon, Wired, "5 Graphics Settings Worth Tweaking in Every PC Game," 6 Oct. 2020 Even with higher-res assets, the game's aggressive level of detail (LoD) system turns anything outside of a six-foot radius into a smeary mess. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Outer Worlds on Switch: A monumental, messy conversion on weak hardware," 4 June 2020 The clown makeup is significantly careless and smeary to add realism to the demented character. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, ""Outstanding," "Irresponsible": Oscar Voters React to 'Joker,' With Many Avoiding It," 7 Oct. 2019 Soren’s work at Transformer Station explores the interplay between images on computer screens and the smeary finger marks people leave on them. Steven Litt,, "Michelangelo, Liu Wei, ‘seenUNseen,’ and more in galleries, museums: Fall Arts Guide 2019," 15 Sep. 2019 The pictures are painted mostly in smeary red and black, framed by large open areas of white canvas or paper. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: At two Washington spaces, art of a political caliber," 16 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of smeary

circa 1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Smeary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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