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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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Translations
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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