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smarm

[smahrm] /smɑrm/
noun
1.
behavior or speech that is smarmy.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; back formation from smarmy
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British Dictionary definitions for smarm

smarm

/smɑːm/
verb
1.
(transitive) often foll by down. to flatten (the hair, etc) with cream or grease
2.
when intr, foll by up to. to ingratiate oneself (with)
noun
3.
obsequious flattery
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for smarm
n.

1914, from colloquial verb smalm, smarm "to smear, bedaub" (the hair, with pomade), 1847, of unknown origin, perhaps somehow suggestive of the action. Verbal meaning "to smear with flattery" is from 1902.

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Slang definitions & phrases for smarm

small-time

adjective

Characteristic of the small time; inferior; petty; second-rate; bush league: a small-time political power (1910+ Show business)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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