smarmy Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Definition of “smarmy” - English Dictionary

Definition of "smarmy" - British English Dictionary

See all translations


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 Learners 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…
What is the pronunciation of smarmy?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day


to succeed in finishing something or reaching an aim, especially after a lot of work or effort

Word of the Day

Out of Africa
Out of Africa
by Colin McIntosh,
October 01, 2015
A recent discovery off the coast of the island of Taiwan, made by local fishermen, is causing scientists to re-examine their ideas about early humans. The skull of a male human, now nicknamed Penghu Man, was found to differ significantly from the skulls of the Homo Erectus species previously known in the

Read More 

face training noun
face training noun
October 05, 2015
a system of facial exercises designed to tone the facial muscles and improve the skin

Read More