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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.
smarm
verb [I or T] uk   /smɑːm/  us   /smɑːrm/
He's always trying to smarm his way into a promotion.
smarmily
adverb uk   us   /-mɪ.li/
"Certainly, madam," he replied smarmily.
Translations of “smarmy”
in Vietnamese xun xoe, nịnh nọt…
in Spanish zalamero…
in Thai ประจบสอพลอ…
in Malaysian sombong…
in French obséquieux…
in German kriecherisch…
in Chinese (Traditional) 迎合的,巴結的, 過於殷勤的…
in Indonesian sombong…
in Chinese (Simplified) 迎合的,巴结的, 过于殷勤的…
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