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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   /-mɪ.li/ us  
"Certainly, madam," he replied smarmily.
Translations of “smarmy”
in Spanish zalamero…
in French obséquieux…
in German kriecherisch…
in Chinese (Traditional) 迎合的,巴結的, 過於殷勤的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 迎合的,巴结的, 过于殷勤的…
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