\ 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 Say goodbye to the smeary residue some polishes leave and the extra buffing needed to remove it. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, 17 Aug. 2021 Sometimes blue neon lights would judder along to her beat, but mostly the images (shot by Frances Arpaia) were smeary, underwater, car-window dreams. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 17 June 2021 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, 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, 4 June 2020 The clown makeup is significantly careless and smeary to add realism to the demented character. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 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,, 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, 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, 21 July 2018

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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 21 Oct. 2021.

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