Definition of smarm in English:


Syllabification: smarm
Pronunciation: /smärm


  • 1 [no object] chiefly British Behave in an ingratiating way in order to gain favor: I smarmed my way into the air force
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    • 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 down
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    • 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 them
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    • 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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