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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.
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smarmy

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

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

smarmy

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

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

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

(ˈsmaːmi) adjective
over-respectful and inclined to use flattery. I can't bear his smarmy manner.
ˈsmarminess noun
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Roosevelt, in sharp contrast, "developed a confidential, intimate rapport with voters, exhibiting a highly developed political talent that could make the smarmiest of phrases radiate with sincerity: 'You and I as common-sense citizens know....' Perhaps most importantly, Roosevelt acknowledged the genuine hardships endured by millions of Americans in the depression, a welcome message that Hoover, bearing more responsibility for the situation, choked on."
The story of the Pythias origin was a science legend that everyone--even the smarmiest tenured male in the most backward department--knew.
Quick to forgive even the smarmiest politicians for slips of the tongue, it is less forgiving when journalists get the story wrong.