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[smahrt-al-ik] /ˈsmɑrtˌæl ɪk/
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • As to that "smart alec" of a horse-doctor, they knew how to fix him.

    Tom Grogan F. Hopkinson Smith
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  1. Smooth and flattering; unctuously ingratiating; fulsome: a rather smarmy doctor and a highly officious nurse
  2. Rich and sonorous; orotund and fruity; plummy: an announcer with a smarmy voice
  3. Smug and self-righteous: Uncle Sam's Smarmy Look Into Employee Sex Lives

[1924+; origin unknown; since the earliest attested uses have to do with hair oil, it may be a vague blend of smooth, smear, palm oil, cream, etc]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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