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smarm

[ smahrm ]
/ smɑrm /
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noun

behavior or speech that is smarmy.

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Origin of smarm

First recorded in 1935–40; back formation from smarmy
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British Dictionary definitions for smarm

smarm
/ (smɑːm) British informal /

verb

(tr often foll by down) to flatten (the hair, etc) with cream or grease
(when intr, foll by up to) to ingratiate oneself (with)

noun

obsequious flattery
C19: of unknown origin
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