\ 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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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 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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