Definitions for smarmyˈsmɑr mi

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

smarm•yˈsmɑr mi(adj.)smarm•i•er, smarm•i•est.

  1. excessively or unctuously flattering, ingratiating, servile, etc.

Origin of smarmy:

1905–10; var. of dial. smalm to smear (of obscure orig.) + -y1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. buttery, fulsome, oily, oleaginous, smarmy, soapy, unctuous(adj)

    unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech

    "buttery praise"; "gave him a fulsome introduction"; "an oily sycophantic press agent"; "oleaginous hypocrisy"; "smarmy self-importance"; "the unctuous Uriah Heep"; "soapy compliments"


  1. smarmy(Adjective)

    Falsely earnest, smug, or ingratiating.

    a smarmy salesman with a big smile

  2. Origin: From smarm, a variant of smalm/smawm.

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


over-respectful and inclined to use flattery

I can't bear his smarmy manner.

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