smarminess


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.smarminess - smug self-serving earnestnesssmarminess - smug self-serving earnestness  
hypocrisy - insincerity by virtue of pretending to have qualities or beliefs that you do not really have
Translations
مُبالَغَةٌ في الإحْتِرام
úlisnost
sleskhed
mézesmázosság
sleikjuskapur
úlisnosť
yaltakçılık

smarmy

(ˈsmaːmi) adjective
over-respectful and inclined to use flattery. I can't bear his smarmy manner.
ˈsmarminess noun
References in periodicals archive ?
He's a refreshing change after the smarminess of Jeff Stelling, though.
Despite edging on smarminess at times, you couldn't fault the four-piece who appeared to be loving their first headline tour as much as the audience.
You only have to remember the excruciating Parkinson, with his long-winded questions that even he looked bored by, and Wogan, with his unfunny smarminess, to realise that Ross was a breath of fresh air - a quick-witted performer who established a real rapport with most of his guests and members of the public.
That kind of smarminess of bureaucratic-speak--'we're doing this for your own good'--is very much in evidence these days.