smarm

[ smahrm ]
/ smɑrm /

noun

behavior or speech that is smarmy.

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

Word Origin for smarm

C19: of unknown origin
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