WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
smarm0  (smärm),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. behavior or speech that is smarmy.
  • 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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