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smarmy

[ smahr-mee ]
/ ˈsmɑr mi /
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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

OTHER WORDS FROM smarmy

smarm·i·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for smarmy

smarmy
/ (ˈsmɑːmɪ) /

adjective smarmier or smarmiest
British informal obsequiously flattering or unpleasantly suave

Derived forms of smarmy

smarmily, adverbsmarminess, noun
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