- behavior or speech that is smarmy.
Origin of smarm
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Contemporary Examples of smarm
For such searing, challenging dreams, we have only snark or smarm.How to Fight for Freedom in 2014
December 29, 2013
- (tr often foll by down) to flatten (the hair, etc) with cream or grease
- (when intr, foll by up to) to ingratiate oneself (with)
- obsequious flattery
Word Origin for smarm
Word Origin and History for smarm
1914, from colloquial verb smalm, smarm "to smear, bedaub" (the hair, with pomade), 1847, of unknown origin, perhaps somehow suggestive of the action. Verbal meaning "to smear with flattery" is from 1902.