from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Hypocritically, complacently, or effusively earnest; unctuous. See Synonyms at unctuous.
  • adj. Sleek.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Falsely earnest, smug, or ingratiating.

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

  • adj. unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech


From smarm, to smear.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From smarm, a variant of smalm/smawm. (Wiktionary)



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    September 27, 2009

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    December 23, 2008