smarmy

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smarm·y

 (smär′mē)
adj. smarm·i·er, smarm·i·est
1. Excessively ingratiating or insincerely earnest. See Synonyms at unctuous.
2. Relating to or indulging in lewd conduct; smutty: smarmy jokes.

[From smarm, to smear.]

smarm·i·ness n.

smarmy

(ˈsmɑːmɪ)
adj, smarmier or smarmiest
informal Brit obsequiously flattering or unpleasantly suave
ˈsmarmily adv
ˈsmarminess n

smarm•y

(ˈsmɑr mi)

adj. smarm•i•er, smarm•i•est.
excessively or unctuously flattering, ingratiating, servile, etc.
[1905–10; variant of dial. smalm to smear (of obscure orig.) + -y1]
smarm′i•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.smarmy - 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"
insincere - lacking sincerity; "a charming but thoroughly insincere woman"; "their praise was extravagant and insincere"

smarmy

adjective (Informal) obsequious, slimy, ingratiating, unctuous, smooth, crawling, greasy, oily, fawning, suave, soapy (slang), fulsome, sycophantic, servile, toadying, bowing and scraping, bootlicking (informal) He is slightly smarmy and eager to impress.

smarmy

adjective
Affectedly and self-servingly earnest:
Translations
مُبالِغ في الإحْتِرام
podlézavý
slesk
imarteleva
fleîulegur
įsiteikiantispadlaižiaujantispadlaižūniškumas
lišķīgs
podlízavý

smarmy

[ˈsmɑːmɪ] ADJ (smarmier (compar) (smarmiest (superl))) (Brit) → zalamero

smarmy

adj (+er) (Brit inf: = greasy) → schmierig; (= ingratiating)kriecherisch (pej); voiceeinschmeichelnd

smarmy

[ˈsmɑːmɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (Brit) (fam) → untuoso/a, servile

smarmy

(ˈsmaːmi) adjective
over-respectful and inclined to use flattery. I can't bear his smarmy manner.
ˈsmarminess noun
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He goes next to Barcelona, where he discovers that Felix has become even smarmier and has somehow managed to marry Annie (Why she would do this -- let alone plan to adopt a child with him -- is not explained).
This week smarmy investment banker turned even smarmier Tory MP Mark Garnier (whose motto I'm guessing is "because I'm worth it") urged his party not to try to attract "dog-end voters" who live in "the outlying regions" of Britain.
Thus Fleshapoids was the junkyard analogue to a cycle of European films that, in addition to Red Desert, Alphaville, and The Tenth Victim, includes Antonio Margheriti's mid-'60s "Gamma One" movies; Joseph Losey's Modesty Blaise (1966), which, Monica Vitti and extensive Op art furnishings notwithstanding, may be less an instance of Now Futurism than of Austin Powers retro mod avant la lettre; and two tawdry outliers, veteran exploitation producer David Fried man's low-budget soft-core porn film Space Thing and Roger Vadim's even smarmier Jane Fonda vehicle, Barbarella (both 1968), the latter dismissed by Jonas Mekas in the Voice as a "rich man's science fiction movie," as well as a Fleshapoids rip-off.