smarm

smarm

[smahrm]
noun
behavior or speech that is smarmy.

Origin:
1935–40; back formation from smarmy

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smarm (smɑːm)
 
vb (often foll by down) (when intr, foll by up to)
1.  to flatten (the hair, etc) with cream or grease
2.  to ingratiate oneself (with)
 
n
3.  obsequious flattery
 
[C19: of unknown origin]

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