smarmy

[smahr-mee]

adjective, smarm·i·er, smarm·i·est.

excessively or unctuously flattering, ingratiating, servile, etc.: the emcee with the smarmy welcome.

Nearby words

  1. smalto,
  2. smaragd,
  3. smaragdine,
  4. smaragdite,
  5. smarm,
  6. smart,
  7. smart aleck,
  8. smart as a whip,
  9. smart ass,
  10. smart bomb

Origin of smarmy

1905–10; smarm, variant of dial. smalm to smear, make slick (< ?) + -y1

Related formssmarm·i·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for smarmily

smarmy

adjective smarmier or smarmiest

British informal obsequiously flattering or unpleasantly suave
Derived Formssmarmily, adverbsmarminess, noun

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Word Origin and History for smarmily

smarmy

adj.

"smooth and sleek" (1909); "ingratiating, unctuous," 1924, from smarm + -y (2). Related: Smarmily; smarminess.

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