smarmily

smarmy

[smahr-mee]
adjective, smarmier, smarmiest.
excessively or unctuously flattering, ingratiating, servile, etc.: the emcee with the smarmy welcome.

Origin:
1905–10; smarm, variant of dial. smalm to smear, make slick (< ?) + -y1

smarmily, adverb
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smarmy (ˈsmɑːmɪ)
 
adj , smarmier, smarmiest
informal (Brit) obsequiously flattering or unpleasantly suave
 
'smarmily
 
adv
 
'smarminess
 
n

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smarmy
"ingratiating, unctuous," 1924, from smarm "to behave in a flattering way" (1920), variant of colloquial smalm, smawm (1847) "to smear, bedaub" (the hair, with pomade) of unknown origin.
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