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English definition of “smarmy”

smarmy

adjective     /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     /smɑːm/ US  /smɑːrm/ verb [I or T] He's always trying to smarm his way into a promotion.Affected and insincere smarmily     /-mɪ.li/ adverb "Certainly, madam," he replied smarmily.Affected and insincere
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