excessively or unctuously flattering, ingratiating, servile, etc.: the emcee with the smarmy welcome.
- smarm·i·ly, adverb
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How to use smarmy in a sentence
Thomas Sadoski should be the frontrunner to play every smarmy privileged thirty-something from now on.'The Newsroom' Ended As It Began: Weird, Controversial, and Noble | Kevin Fallon | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
King smarmy Bill, Queen Smug Chilary, and Princess Spolied Chlesea [sic].The Strange Leak of the New Exposé ‘Clinton, Inc.’ | Lloyd Grove | July 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Brad is a smarmy, popular jerk, without whom Adam would have no credibility with the cool kids.
From suave Jack Ryan to smarmy Eugene Kittridge, potential candidates for America's next top spook.10 Fictional Replacements for CIA Chief David Petraeus | Ben Teitelbaum, Laura Colarusso | November 10, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
And anyway they just open themselves up to obvious charges of being dishonest and smarmy (at best).Dems: Starting to Get It, But As Usual Not Quite Right | Michael Tomasky | July 2, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
They lipsynch the soundtrack, cadge souvenirs and pester you with smarmy, show-off questions.Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom | Cory Doctorow
If she thinks him too sweet and smarmy with other people, she should let him have it to his nose, straight out.Fantasia of the Unconscious | D. H. Lawrence
We'd have four good meals every day and baths every morning, and we'd only feel virtuous and 'smarmy' and do-good-to-the-poor-y.Changing Winds | St. John G. Ervine
British Dictionary definitions for smarmy
British informal obsequiously flattering or unpleasantly suave
- smarmily, adverb
- smarminess, noun