smarm

smarm
smarm (n.) 1914, from colloquial verb smalm, smarm “to smear, bedaub" (the hair, with pomade), 1847, of unknown origin. Verbal meaning “to smear with flattery” is from 1902.

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  • smarm — smarm; smarm·i·ly; smarm·i·ness; …   English syllables

  • smarm|y — «SMAHR mee», adjective, smarm|i|er, smarm|i|est. Informal. offensively flattering or ingratiating: »a smarmy smugness …   Useful english dictionary

  • smarm — [smärm] n. Informal 1. a smarmy thing or quality 2. smarmy behavior, words, etc. collectively …   English World dictionary

  • smarm — informal ► VERB 1) chiefly Brit. behave in an ingratiating way. 2) smooth down (one s hair), especially with oil or gel. ► NOUN ▪ ingratiating behaviour. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • smarm — The ring of brown, smelly, sweaty stain that appears around the inside of a well worn baseball cap. You should wash that hat, it s full of smarm. OR The smarm on my hat is hard and crusty …   Dictionary of american slang

  • smarm — The ring of brown, smelly, sweaty stain that appears around the inside of a well worn baseball cap. You should wash that hat, it s full of smarm. OR The smarm on my hat is hard and crusty …   Dictionary of american slang

  • smarm — /smam/ (say smahm) Colloquial –verb (i) 1. to fawn ingratiatingly; be servile. –verb (t) 2. to fawn over ingratiatingly; flatter. –noun 3. flattery; unctuousness; fulsomeness. {British dialect smarm, variant of smalm; origin uncertain} …  

  • smarm — noun Etymology: back formation from smarmy Date: 1937 smarmy language or behavior …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • smarm — /smahrm/, n. behavior or speech that is smarmy. [1935 40; back formation from SMARMY] * * * …   Universalium

  • smarm — 1. noun smarmy language or behavior 2. verb a) To fawn, to be unctuous. He rose ... on his wifes fortune and judicious smarming of powerful people …   Wiktionary

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