[ smahr-mee ]
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adjective,smarm·i·er, smarm·i·est.
  1. 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

Other words from smarmy

  • smarm·i·ly, adverb

Words Nearby smarmy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use smarmy in a sentence

  • They lipsynch the soundtrack, cadge souvenirs and pester you with smarmy, show-off questions.

  • If she thinks him too sweet and smarmy with other people, she should let him have it to his nose, straight out.

  • 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


/ (ˈsmɑːmɪ) /

adjectivesmarmier or smarmiest
  1. British informal obsequiously flattering or unpleasantly suave

Derived forms of smarmy

  • smarmily, adverb
  • smarminess, noun

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