Definition of "smarmy" [smarmy]

  • Hypocritically, complacently, or effusively earnest; unctuous. See Synonyms at unctuous. (adjective)
  • Sleek. (adjective)

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Use "smarmy" in a sentence
  • "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."