WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
smarm0  (smärm), 
  • behavior or speech that is smarmy.
  • Etymology:
    • back formation from smarmy 1935–40

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    smarm /smɑːm/ Brit informal vb
    1. (transitive) often followed by down: to flatten (the hair, etc) with cream or grease
    2. when intr, followed by up to: to ingratiate oneself (with)
    Etymology: 19th Century: of unknown origin

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