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  • adv. In a smarmy manner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in an unctuous manner

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Examples

  • Only James Spader feels at home, smarmily staring everyone down with his "Everything is sex" philosophy and creeping out Jim, who nonetheless thinks he might be a genius.

    Matt's TV Week in Review

  • Which is to say, he wouldn't say it the way a slick thirtysomething Player capital P played by a bronzed Justin Timberlake would say it: Slowly, deliberately, smarmily, Machiavellian-ly -- a way that is at once inspiring and alarming, as though he were going to charm you into his confidence, hitch his wagon to your star, and then screw you at the first opportunity.

    Henry Blodget: The Big Difference Between the Real Sean Parker and the Justin Timberlake Portrayal

  • Now he's been given access to the manuscript before its scheduled publication, the encounter with which he smarmily describes as inducing "a numinous aura ... as if it were a newly discovered Dead Sea Scroll."

    October 2009

  • I narrowed my eyes at Nick while he smarmily chewed on a big bite of cake.

    The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf

  • I'd rather be exposed to Glenn Beck after a full-blown Healthcare-Is-Fascism hissy fit, eyes streaming crocodile tears, rocking back and forth in the fetal position with his thumb in his mouth and a pool of drool dripping down his moisturized chinny chin-chin (actually high-fructose corn syrup, but it works for the camera) than this former second-string Miss Alaska smarmily playing pretend at punditry.

    Fox's Barracuda Jumps the Shark

  • He told me that when he ordered a Perfect Manhattan that he would often get a frown back and the bartender would reply smarmily, "Well I'll try!!"

    Karl Kozel: The Art of the Manhattan (The Old School)

  • I'd rather be exposed to Glenn Beck after a full-blown Healthcare-Is-Fascism hissy fit, eyes streaming crocodile tears, rocking back and forth in the fetal position with his thumb in his mouth and a pool of drool dripping down his moisturized chinny chin-chin actually high-fructose corn syrup, but it works for the camera than this former second-string Miss Alaska smarmily playing pretend at punditry.

    Warren Holstein: Fox's Barracuda Jumps the Shark

  • He smarmily brown-noses Gretchen, telling her that he could imagine Jackie Kennedy in her outfit so he doesn't understand why she is merely safe and then turns around and tells the camera it's total bullshit, he doesn't think JK would ever wear any of those pieces.

    Holly Cara Price: Rubbernecking: Project Runway Episode 8, "A Rough Day on the Runway"

  • High-minded and self-important on the surface, smarmily duplicitous underneath, meanwhile jabbing hard to the groin area.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • That would have gone down easier, say, a year from now, once Deitch were settled in and the gesture didn't seem so grossly silly, smarmily undignified, and consolation-prize-y.

    Peter Frank: Blague d'Art: Star Qualities

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