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Smarmy speech or behavior.
[Back-formation from smarmy.]
1. (often foll by: down) to flatten (the hair, etc) with cream or grease
2. (when: intr, foll by up to) to ingratiate oneself (with)
[C19: of unknown origin]
behavior or speech that is smarmy.
[1935–40; back formation from smarmy]
Past participle: smarmed