smarmy Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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"smarmy" in British English

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uk   /ˈsmɑː.mi/  us   /ˈsmɑːr-/ informal disapproving
extremelypolite or ​helpful or ​showing a lot of ​respect in a way that is ​annoying or does not ​seemsincere: She was ​trying to be ​friendly, but she just ​seemed smarmy and ​insincere.
verb [I or T] uk   /smɑːm/  us   /smɑːrm/ UK
He's always ​trying to smarm his way into a ​promotion.
adverb uk   us   /-mɪ.li/
"Certainly, ​sir," he ​replied smarmily.
(Definition of smarmy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “smarmy”
in Spanish zalamero…
in Vietnamese xun xoe, nịnh nọt…
in Malaysian sombong…
in Thai ประจบสอพลอ…
in French obséquieux…
in German kriecherisch…
in Chinese (Simplified) 迎合的,巴结的, 过于殷勤的…
in Indonesian sombong…
in Chinese (Traditional) 迎合的,巴結的, 過於殷勤的…
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