adjective, smarm·i·er, smarm·i·est.
excessively or unctuously flattering, ingratiating, servile, etc.: the emcee with the smarmy welcome.
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Origin of smarmy
1905–10; smarm, variant of dial. smalm to smear, make slick (< ?) + -y1
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adjective smarmier or smarmiest
British informal obsequiously flattering or unpleasantly suave
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