- excessively or unctuously flattering, ingratiating, servile, etc.: the emcee with the smarmy welcome.
Origin of smarmy
1905–10; smarm, variant of dial. smalm to smear, make slick (< ?) + -y1
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- British informal obsequiously flattering or unpleasantly suave
Word Origin and History for smarmily
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