- 1 [no object] chiefly British Behave in an ingratiating way in order to gain favor: I smarmed my way into the air forceMore example sentences
- Looking her over carefully, Joe smarmed: ‘Judging from your skin, twenty; your hair, eighteen; and your figure, twenty five.’
- All I saw and heard were politically loaded questions with no discernible purpose while the team >smarmed their way through a restricted news content.
- He smarmed and sneered his way through his much anticipated new comedy.
- 2 [with object] Smooth down (one’s hair), especially with water, oil, or gel: he had smarmed his hair downMore example sentences
- By the end, he is smarming his hair down flat and wears a long leather coat.
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- Ingratiating behavior: it takes a combination of smarm and confidence to persuade themMore example sentences
- And he's spraying smarm like the worst kind of cornered politician.
- Dang, and then I get back and they've got some pop smarm.
- I daren't even speculate on their devilish purposes… begone with your blinding lights and televisual smarm!
mid 19th century (originally dialect in the sense 'smear, bedaub'): of unknown origin.
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