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English definition of “smarmy”

smarmy

adjective uk   /ˈsmɑː.mi/ us    /ˈsmɑːr-/ informal disapproving
extremely polite or helpful or showing a lot of respect in a way that is annoying or does not seem sincere: She was trying to be friendly, but she just seemed smarmy and insincere.Affected and insincere
smarm
verb [I or T] uk   /smɑːm/ us    /smɑːrm/
He's always trying to smarm his way into a promotion.Affected and insincere
smarmily
adverb uk   /-mɪ.li/ us  
"Certainly, madam," he replied smarmily.Affected and insincere
(Definition of smarmy from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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