from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Hypocritically, complacently, or effusively earnest; unctuous. See Synonyms at unctuous.
- adj. Sleek.
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- 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
Can I noninate George Will for a Nobel prize in smarmy?
KATZ: Well, we look at folks part of the felt family and the word smarmy comes into play.
"Nice to meet you," he said in a voice that recalled the smarmy tone of Eddie Haskell complimenting June Cleaver on her fetching outfit.
He is best known as the smarmy Psychologist in “Silence of the Lambs.”
Actually, Hannity always looks a little smarmy, which is one reason he's so irritating, but this is fine.
Citing a "smarmy" letter that Washington wrote in 1757, bemoaning his lot to the commander in chief, Lord Loudoun, Mr. Clary highlights some especially outspoken, self-pitying and "whining" comments.
I did not want to do this and it makes me feel kind of smarmy but you leave me no choice.
This kind of smarmy O-bomb-A cheerleading bullshit needs to be called out every time it appears.
Of course it is needless to say this was dressed up with faux-creative writing skills, accompanied by the kind of smarmy posturing and ad hominems that so frequently characterizes the attacks from “the left”.
He was kind of smarmy and snotty in his response when he said "That's an impressive pledge, Joe...seeing as you have so much on the line... and you'll have such an opportunity to fulfill that pledge".